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Rate of SD overweight, obese kids unchanged

PIERRE -- The number of South Dakota kids who are overweight or obese was unchanged in the state's latest school height and weight survey.

Released by the Department of Health on Wednesday, the survey shows 16.6 percent of students were overweight in the 2012-2013 school year, the same as the previous year. Sixteen percent were obese, nearly unchanged from 15.9 percent the year before.

South Dakota's overall rate is still above the department's 2020 goal of no more than a 14 percent child obesity rate. However, the state's obesity rate is below the latest national rate -- approximately 17 percent of children and adolescents, aged 2 to 19 years, are obese in the United States, compared to 16 percent of South Dakota children and adolescents aged 5 to 19 years.

-- Source: South Dakota Department of Health