Overweight and Obesity Prevention:
The number of overweight children has increased at an alarming rate. Between 1980 and 2007-08, overweight has tripled in youth 6-11 years of
age and more than tripled among youth 12-19 years of age.
In 2010, 12 percent of 9th grade males and 6 percent of 9th grade females were obese.
Obesity in children and adolescents is a serious issue with health and social consequences that often continue into adulthood. Implementing effective, evidence-based prevention programs, changing behavioral habits, and getting a better understanding of treatment options are important to controlling the obesity epidemic in children.
- Children and Adolescent Overweight Fact Sheet
(PDF 439KB/2 pages)
- Clinical Approach to Children at Risk for Obesity
- School health
- SHIP efforts in schools
- Early childhood program
Time and Health
For more information:
- CDC’s BMI calculator for children and teens
- Tips for Parents to Help Children Maintain a Healthy Weight
- Kids Count Data Book 2009: The 20th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book profiles the well-being of America’s children on a state-by-state basis and ranks states on 10 key measures of child well-being.
Childhood Obesity Prevention Resources
- BAM! Body and Mind TM
Designed for kids 9–13 years old, BAM! Body and Mind gives them the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices. The site focuses on topics that kids told us are important to them — such as stress and physical fitness — using kid-friendly lingo, games, quizzes, and other interactive features.
- Institute of Medicine (IOM)
The IOM has published two reports on preventing childhood obesity, “Preventing Childhood Obesity, Health in the Balance (2004)” and “Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity (2007).” Both reports are available on the IOM Web site.
- Powerful Bones. Powerful Girls
Carla shares her favorite bone-healthy eating ideas for every setting from slumber parties to school lunches and even the mall. Plus, she suggests a variety of weight-bearing physical activities like dancing, hiking, jumping rope, and karate, as well as resistance activities that suit girls' preferences.
- We Can!
We Can!™ or "Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition" is a national program designed for families and communities to help children maintain a healthy weight. The program focuses on three important behaviors: improved food choices, increased physical activity and reduced screen time.