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Childhood Obesity and Nutrition

Preventing Childhood Obesity: Tips for Parents

The number of overweight children in the United States has increased dramatically in recent years. Approximately 10 percent of 4 and 5 year old children are overweight, double that of 20 years ago. Overweight is more prevalent in girls than boys and in older preschoolers (ages 4-5) than younger (ages 2-3).

Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being. Immediate health effects: Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure.

Improve Food Choices - Nemours

Many toddlers and preschoolers eat most of their daily meals and snacks while in child care and early education programs. Taste buds are influenced at a very young age. With a little patience, creativity and guidance, even the pickiest of kids can learn to like healthy foods.

Nutrition Basics Help Fight Child Obesity

Consumer Updates RSS Feed Get Consumer Updates by E-mail Download PDF (311 K) With childhood obesity levels at an all-time high, parents, schools-even whole communities-are getting behind the movement to help young people eat healthier.

By both improving dietary intake and reducing food insecurity, participation in the federal nutrition programs plays an important role in reducing obesity. "We also find that subsidized meals at school or day care are beneficial for children's weight status, and we argue that expanding access to subsidized meals may be the most effective tool to use in combating obesity in poor children."

Overweight and Obesity

The reality is that hunger and being overweight are linked and it affects millions of children and adults. This paradox of food insecurity threatens the health of our nation's children. Read More

Childhood Obesity

Children who have a body mass index (BMI) higher than 95 percent of their peers are considered to be obese ( CDC). Body mass index is a term used to determine what is called "weight status." BMI is calculated using a person's height, weight, age, and gender.

Nearly one third of all U.S. children and adolescents are overweight or obese. Racial and ethnic minorities experience the highest rates of overweight and obesity when compared to whites, and the Midwest and Southern regions of the U.S. have disproportionately high rates. Most recent estimates for the prevalence of obesity among low-income preschool children are alarming.

Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education Programs

Special Collection The second edition of Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education Programs is the new set of national standards describing evidence-based best practices in nutrition, physical activity, and screen time for early care and education programs. The standards are for ALL types of early care and education settings - centers and family child care homes.

Childhood obesity is a serious problem affecting children not only in the United States but in many areas around the world. Many children are struggling to stay at a healthy weight. Unfortunately obesity affects people's overall health and can cause complications with heart disease, diabetes and other issues.

Nutrition & Fitness Center

You know the importance of exercising and eating nutritious foods, but do you know how to raise a healthy and active child? Get practical advice and tips.

Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2007 Aug;32(4):635-45. Review

Child care providers can encourage healthy eating habits in young children by providing a variety of nutritious foods, limiting junk food and sugary drinks, and encouraging parents to do the same at home.

HealthCorps | Shaping a New Generation

HealthCorps' mission is to implement an innovative in-school model that inspires teens to make healthier choices for themselves and their families.


First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled her strategy for tackling the nation's childhood obesity crisis. Mrs. Obama's initiative is called Let's Move , and includes a website with tools and background on the initiative. Her speech was informative and inspiring. One quote was particularly compelling.

Childhood Obesity and Nutrition: Study Recommends New School Lunch Guidelines

More than 60 years ago, the National School Lunch Program was established as a way to make sure the country's youth could count on a nutritious meal at school during the lean, post-war years. However, children today are facing a very different problem.

Health Problems and Childhood Obesity | Let's Move!

Obese children may experience immediate health consequences which can lead to weight-related health problems in adulthood. Obese children and teens have been found to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD), including high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and abnormal glucose tolerance.

Cargill Childhood Nutrition - Helping our customers formulate healthier foods for kids

Helping our customers formulate healthier foods for kids

Childhood Nutrition

Unless you've been totally out of the loop, it's likely you've heard about the childhood obesity epidemic. Nearly 1 in 3 children in America is overweight or obese. It's talked about on television, radio, the Internet, and in books, newspapers, and magazines.

Build Healthy Kids | Nutrition 101 | Daily Nutrition Guide

Daily Nutrition Guide It is very important that your child gets the proper amount of calories and nutrients in order for him/her to function at an optimum level. The amount of calories and servings of food that your child needs every day is based on several factors; age, gender and activity level.

Nutrition is very important for everyone, but it is especially important for children because it is directly linked to all aspects of their growth and development; factors which will have direct ties to their level of health as adults.

Action for Healthy Kids

Action for Healthy Kids, childhood obesity, nutrition, healthy schools, healthy children, every kid healthy

Overweight and Obesity

It's an alarming statistic: 1 out of 3 U.S. kids are considered overweight or obese. Find out how to overcome overweight and obesity in your own family.

The Role of Schools in Obesity Prevention Authors: Mary Story Karen M. Kaphingst Simone French Are Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity Linked with School Performance? Some observers have noted a worrisome correlation between weight problems and poor academic achievement.

Children With Poor Nutrition

Childhood is a time of critical growth in which proper nutrition is absolutely necesary. Children who have poor diets -- whether because of a lack of food or because of patterns of eating that lead to inadequate intake of nutrients -- are prone to significant short-term and long-term health impacts and diseases.