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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2013 12:08 am | Updated: 8:39 am, Mon Jun 10, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — A new analysis of height and weight measurements for thousands of children in the Anchorage and Mat-Su Borough shows that the rate of obesity decreased slightly between the 2003-04 and 2010-11 school years, according to a news release from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently included the findings in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The study looked at body mass index data for Anchorage and Mat-Su public school children in kindergarten and first, third, fifth and seventh grades.

The CDC report notes that despite the overall decline in obesity rates in the two schools districts, the obesity rates did not decrease for two groups: Alaska Native and American Indian children and children attending schools that report lower socioeconomic status for their families.

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