Young children from poor Connecticut homes often struggle with obesity. In fact, according to federal data, the percentage of obese children in New England is higher than any other region in the country.
Many poor, preschool-aged children and their mothers get federal food aid, and nearly one in six of these kids is considered obese. This is one of highest rates in the country. It’s about the same as New Jersey, and it’s worse than just about every southern state, a region that’s often associated with high childhood obesity.