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New Report Shows More Than 40 Percent of Arkansas School Children Overweight

SEPTEMBER 7, 2004 - Posted at 5:03 p.m. CDT

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Health officials say new numbers out today confirm what they are calling a health epidemic among Arkansas school children.

In more than 40 percent of Arkansas' school districts, more than 40 percent of the children are either obese or at risk of becoming overweight.

That's according to a new study released today by the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement.  The study looked at individual schools and school districts statewide.

It found that 38 percent of Arkansas' public school students are either overweight or at risk for being overweight.  Among students entering kindergarten, 32 percent are overweight or at risk of being overweight.

Governor Mike Huckabee responded to the study by saying he would dispatch an additional six community health education specialists to deal with the problem.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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