The percentage of Massachusetts public school students who are overweight or obese has significantly dropped over the past five years, according to newly released data that suggest the childhood obesity epidemic may be receding.
Annual weight and height screenings show that the percentage of students who are overweight or obese dropped 3.7 percentage points, to 30.6 percent, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health said Wednesday.
Declines were greatest among elementary school students, and roughly three-quarters of school districts reported declines.
“This is now a trend, and we are working hard to see that it continue,” said Carlene Pavlos, director of the health department bureau that runs the school screening program. “This is not the time to let up on our strategies and interventions.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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