Though the higher numbers are disappointing, Kathy Nonas, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s director of physical activity and nutrition, suggests the numbers indicate the city’s childhood obesity rates are plateauing or even starting to decline. But she told The New York Times it would be “naïve” to think measures like banning trans fat in restaurants and posting calorie counts would be enough to put a crimp in the city’s obesity epidemic.
ACSH's Dr. Elizabeth Whelan weighs in: “Obesity is a complex problem that cannot be fixed by diet alone. Thus, measures like banning trans fat have nothing to do with fighting obesity since it will ultimately be replaced with a different kind of fat. This study reflects a need to raise economic health in disadvantaged neighborhoods to help reduce childhood obesity.”