Health Topic - Childhood Obesity
Obesity is a major public health concern in the United States. Between 1980 and 2002, the proportion of children and adolescents ages 6 through 19 who were overweight more than tripled. Obesity now affects over 15 percent of children and adolescents and more than 10 percent of children ages 2 through 5 are overweight. Children and adolescents who are overweight are at increased risk for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and social discrimination that can lead to poor self-esteem and depression.
- Help Your Child with Successful Weight Management
-- from the CNRC and Baylor College of Medicine
- Helping Your Overweight Child - From the National Institutes of Health.
- Reports and Studies: Obesity in Children (National Agriculture Library)
- Childhood Obesity: Causes and Prevention - Symposium Proceedings USDA/CNPP October 1998 (pdf)
- Prevalence and Trends in Overweight Among US Children and Adolescents, 1999-2000 - PDF format From: Article from the Journal of the American Medical Association
- Prevalence of Overweight Among Children and Adolescents: United States, 1999 -- From the Center of Health Statistics
- Knowledge Path: Obesity in Children and Adolescents
--Extensive list of web links and electronic resources from the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health and Georgetown University
- Weight Control and Obesity Resource List for Consumers and Childhood Obesity: A Food and Nutrition Resource List for Educators and Researchers
-- Extensive list of web links and electronic resources from the Food and Nutrition Information Center of the National Agricultural Library
- You Are What You Eat -- This web site written for girls from The National Women's Health Information Center,deals candidly with maintaining a healthy weight and making the best food choices for you. Useful sections include: "What Counts as a Serving", "Concerned about Your Weight", and "Making Choices."
- Healthy Weight Initiative:
Fact sheet for clinicians outlining pediatric discussion points on Healthy Weight for Kids.
- Family Nutrition and Physical Activity Study (PowerPoint Presentation)
- Family Nutrition and Physical Activity Study--Survey Results
- Dietary guidance for healthy children aged 2 to 11 years
- Find a Nutrition Professional -- national database for locating a registered dietitian by zip code
National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
- Provides statistics from the US government's Centers for Disease Control (CDC), including NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) data.
- CDC Update: Prevalence of Overweight Among Children, Adolescents, and Adults -- United States, 1988-1994
- CDC: America's Children 2003: Indicators of Children's Well-Being -- Overweight Statistics
- Powerpoint presentation -- Adult obesity prevalence 1985 - 2002
- Prevalence of Overweight Among Children and Adolescents: United States, 1999-2000
- State Programs -- statistics on obesity from all 50 states plus information on state-level program
- Body Mass Index (BMI) -- Information regarding Body Mass Index and how to determine BMI for adolescents and children.
-- BMI-for-age percentile growth chart for Boys 2 to 20 years (pdf file)
-- BMI-for-age percentile growth chart for Girls 2 to 20 years (pdf file)
- Obesity and Genetics: A Public Health Perspective
- Preventing and Decreasing Overweight and Obesity
-- "VERB: It's What You Do" A multi-media campaign to promote a healthy lifestyle and motivate kids to get more active.
-- CDC Division of Nutrition & Physical Activity -- Statistics and Resources
Weight Control Information Network
(National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases -- NDDK)
- Helping Your Overweight Child
- Helping Your Child: Tips for Parents
- Statistics Related to Overweight and Obesity
- Just Enough for You -- About Food Portions
The Center of Weight and Health
University of California, Berkeley
- Pedatric Overweight: A Review of the Literature (2001)
- CREES/USDA Project on Reversing Childhood Obesity Trends
- Fact Sheets on Children and Weight
- Prevention of Childhood Overweight -- What Should Be Done? - Position paper
- Childhood Obesity: What the Research Tells Us
- Keeping Kids Healthy: Obesity, Nutrition & Physical Exercise
- Workshop: The Prevention of Childhood Obesity: Understanding the Influences of -- Marketing, Media, and Family Dynamics -- Audio and slide presentations
Additional Information, Related Articles and Web Sites on Childhood Obesity
Moving to Prevent Childhood Obesity Childhood "Globesity" -- From the International Food Information Council. Discusses the growing trends of childhood overweight and obesity around the world.
The contribution of expanding portion sizes to the US obesity epidemic --
Lisa R. Young and Marion Nestle. American Journal of Public Health, 92(2):246-250.2002. This study examines what role "super sized" portions play in the current obesity epidemic.
Halting the obesity epidemic -- Marion Nestle et al. Public Health Reports, 115(1): 12-24. 2000.This article looks at obesity from a public health perspective and talks about ways we, as a society, can help reduce the growth of obesity.
Bright Futures -- Obesity - Georgetown University. Provides data profiles about childhood obesity including health and quality of life issues.
Consumption of food group servings: people's perceptions vs. reality -- Nutrition Insights, no. 20: October 2000. Informative article from the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion discussing how people's perceptions of their food group consumption are very different from their actual food intakes.
Is Dieting OK for Kids -- From the Nemours Foundation -- This information is written especially for children and young adults. The information addresses what a restrictive diet is, safe methods of weight loss, and suggests lifestyle changes for a healthy weight.
Coordinating efforts on childhood obesity.
This brief from the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation summarizes a forum held in October 2001 to address childhood obesity and the improvement of nutrition and physical activity.
The Surgeon General's Call To Action To Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity
Links to Fast Food Facts