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A new report by the Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy shows nearly a third of the state's children are overweight or obese by the time they reach kindergarten.

The study looked at statistics from all of Nevada's public schools in the fall of last year.

More than 7,000 students entering kindergarten took part in the study.

It found that the percentage of underweight kids went down from around 15% to about 14% but the percentage of overweight kids went up from 29.6% to 30 %

That means that nearly one third of Nevada's kindergartners are overweight or obese.

"We are seeing that some of those chronic diseases are being seen more in younger populations. High levels of cholesterol, the extra weight, that kind of thing,” says Kelli Goatley-Seals, Washoe County Health District.

County health professionals say there's no one factor to blame - it's a combination of diet and activity level.

The study shows that time spent playing video games and on the computer went up year-over-year.

Experts say many kids spend three to four hours on digital media every day and that's just too much time spend sitting.

They're hoping that parents and child care professionals will take notice and can change the trend early.

"We want kids to develop healthy habits and learn to enjoy exercising and learn to enjoy healthy foods when they're young. It makes it a lot easier than trying to change bad habits when they're older."

One tip that Goatley-Seals had for parents is to lay off sugary drinks like sodas and juices and choose water or milk instead.

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