Kid cholesterol levels decrease

Trans fats cited as possible reason for change.

Aug. 15—A new government study has delivered some good news about kids' health: The proportion of children with high cholesterol has fallen in the past decade.

The results are surprising, given that the childhood obesity rate didn't budge. Some experts think that while most kids may not be eating less or exercising more, they may be getting fewer trans fats. That's because the artery-clogging ingredient has been removed or reduced in many processed or fried foods such as doughnuts, cookies and french fries.