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Obesity may be linked to income

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Combating childhood obesity is a topic a lot of us are invested in. Even First Lady Michelle Obama has made it one of her priorities.

A recent study shows, for some kids, it may be more about their parents education than anything else.

A recent study published in the Journal PNAS shows that children from better-educated and wealthier parents also have lower rates of childhood obesity.

Researchers from Harvard University found that, nationally -- childhood obesity rates did not rise between 2009 and 2010, but during that same period, the obesity rates for kids whose parents have only a high school education rose about five percent -- from 20 to 25 percent.

At the very same time, kids whose parents are college educated had obesity rates cut in half -- half! from 14 to 7%.

Why? Well, one thing the study found was that kids in more affluent families were more likely to increase the amount of days they exercised for at least 20 minutes.

The poorer kids did not.

Something to note: less advantaged kids ate fewer calories overall -- but in both groups, calorie consumption was down.

Interestingly, all of the kids reported getting the message that they should exercise more and eat better.

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