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No headway on obesity, other threats, despite push

Mike Stobbe
Associated Press

New York — 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 Monday 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. Deaths from car crashes have also ticked up after years of decline.

National goals were met for reducing adult smoking by more than 17 percent, and youth smoking by 12 percent. The goal of cutting the teen birth rate 20 percent was also met.