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Experts had hoped childhood obesity was declining, but the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that nearly 1 in 5 kids in the U.S. are obese, AP reports.

Why it matters: Obesity is one of the nation's leading health care problems and can put kids on a path to heart disease and diabetes. Adult obesity is also on the rise in the U.S.

  • Eating processed foods, drinking sugary beverages and a lack of enough exercise contribute to childhood obesity.

By the numbers: The latest data comes from surveys conducted between 2017 and 2018, including more than 2,800 children, per AP.

  • 19.3% of kids ages 2 to 19 were characterized as obese, up from 18.5% in the 2015-2016 survey.
    • But, but, but: The increase isn't statistically significant so there's a chance the rate didn't actually rise.
  • Nearly 6% of kids are severely obese, which has been the trend for several years.

What to watch: The coronavirus lockdown is keeping kids across the country home as schools are closed. Young people may spend their days indoors with little to no exercise, whereas many have gym class or recess in school.

Go deeper: How Latin America took on childhood obesity

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Updated Oct 16, 2020 - Health

U.S. coronavirus updates

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Data: The COVID Tracking Project; Note: Does not include probable deaths from New York City; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The U.S. surpassed 8 million coronavirus cases on Friday, per Johns Hopkins data.

The big picture: Coronavirus infections jumped by almost 17% over the past week as the number of new cases across the country increased in 38 states and Washington, D.C., according to a seven-day average tracked by Axios.

State Department to set up new cyber bureau to combat hack attacks

Secretary of State Tony Blinken speaks on the challenges during an October conference in Quito, Ecuador. Photo:y Felipe Stanley/Agencia Press South/Getty Images

Secretary of State Tony Blinken announced Monday plans for the State Department to create a new bureau of cyberspace and digital policy.

Why it matters: The establishment of the bureau and plans for a new envoy to oversee critical and emerging technology come after a series significant hack attacks and other online crimes, notably ransomware assaults on U.S. infrastructure.

Biden rejects Trump's latest executive privilege claims

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The White House on Monday rejected two more of former President Trump's claims of executive privilege over documents that the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot requested, CNN first reported.

Why it matters: Trump's legal team is seeking to block some of the panel's requests for records by invoking executive privilege, which can allow presidents and their aides to sidestep congressional scrutiny. The Biden administration has maintained that it will evaluate on a case-by-case basis.