Your support makes MPR News possible. Give Now Is the problem of childhood obesity easing? Education St. Paul, Minn. · May 28, 2008 Listen May 29, 2008 53min 59sec Cheeseburger Photo by Cate Gillon/Getty Images A new study suggests the percentage of obese children has is not increasing anymore. Still, the rate is much higher than 30 years ago. Also, summer months away from school can help some kids with their weight, but hurt others.