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Childhood Obesity

Underage and Overweight: America's Childhood Obesity Epidemic

Underage and Overweight: book cover

Amazon Book Description
Childhood obesity has reached crisis proportions. Over the past two decades, the number of overweight adolescents has tripled. This skyrocketing youth obesity figure is associated with increases in high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes, as well as higher obesity figures in the adult population. With the rate of obesity among children and teens skyrocketing, the health of an entire generation is at risk

Fed Up!: Winning the War Against Childhood Obesity

Fed Up!: book cover

Amazon Book Description
Once dismissed by the medical profession as a purely cosmetic problem, obesity now ranks second only to smoking as a wholly preventable cause of death. Indeed, it's implicated in 300,000 deaths each year and is a major contributor to heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and depression. Even conservative estimates show that 15% of all children are now considered to be overweight--worldwide there are 22 million kids under five years old that are defined as fat.

HarvardScience: Targeting Childhood Obesity Early

This is the second installment in a three-part Harvard Medical School series on childhood obesity.

With childhood obesity now affecting 17 percent of American children, the nation is rallying around the concept that serious action is required. In 2010, President Barack Obama established the first Task Force on Childhood Obesity, aimed at reducing the rate of such obesity to just 5 percent by 2030.

Medscape Reference: Obesity in Children

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Medscape from WebMD is a part of WebMD Health Professional Network that includes theHeart.org and eMedicine.com.

From their article, Obesity in Children:

Obesity is the most prevalent nutritional disorder among children and adolescents in the United States. Approximately 21-24% of American children and adolescents are overweight, and another 16-18% is obese; the prevalence of obesity is highest among specific ethnic groups

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on six policy priorities that evidence suggests will have the greatest and longest-lasting impact on our children.

School Foods and Beverages

Ensure that all foods and beverages served and sold in school meet or exceed the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Healthy Affordable Food

Increase access to high-quality, affordable foods through new or improved grocery stores and healthier corner stores and bodegas.


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