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Overweight and Obesity Prevention:

Childhood Obesity

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.

For more information:

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.
  • 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.

Updated Friday, July 24, 2015 at 12:57PM