No headway on obesity, other threats, despite federal push

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. health officials say the progress in battles against some major health threats like obesity, food poisoning, and infections spread in hospitals has been disappointing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a frank self-assessment today of its campaign against certain health problems it called “winnable battles.”

While there’s clear progress in areas like smoking and teen pregnancy, other areas have seen little change or even gotten worse.

Particularly frustrating has been the battle against childhood obesity, which has risen slightly in recent years.

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