Find information and resources that provide background and support efforts related to childhood overweight and obesity, including facts and statistics, programs, reports, resources specific to Native Americans, and more.
Childhood OverweightObesity in Children
DHHS. NIH. NLM. MedlinePlus.
Provides information and resources on obesity in children.
Childhood Obesity: A Food and Nutrition Resource List for Educators and Researchers (PDF | 163KB)
USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.
Compilation of resources comprised mostly of articles from professional journals, but also includes consumer education materials and information available on the World Wide Web.
Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids - A Nutrition and Activity Guide for Parents
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association). Blue Cross of California.
A guide for helping educators counsel parents and families about proper nutrition and childhood obesity. Includes goal-setting tips, suggestions for family involvement, information on physical activity, and general information on a healthy diet. Material uses a previous version of the Food Guide Pyramid.
Helping Your Overweight Child
DHHS. NIH. NIDDK. Weight-control Information Network.
Addresses risk factors, assessment, parental intervention, and ways to help your child develop a good attitude about eating. Material uses a previous version of the Food Guide Pyramid.
Kids Walk to School
DHHS. Centers for Diease Control and Prevention.
This community based program aims to increase opportunities for children to be more active.
Making the Connection: Linking Policies that Prevent Hunger and Childhood Obesity
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Leadership for Helathy Communities.
Brief suggesting ways that policymakers seeking to address hunger in their communities can find solutions that will also contribute to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic. Possible policy strategies are outlined. Direct link to PDF (281KB).
Overweight in Children
American Heart Association.
Summary of prevalence of obesity in children and recommendations for prevention.
Overweight in Children and Adolescents: The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity
DHHS. Office of the Surgeon General.
Discusses the problem of overweight in children and adolescents, the causes of childhood overweight, and provides suggestions to prevent and decrease overweight in children and adolescents.
Preventing Childhood Overweight and Obesity: Parents Can Make a Difference (PDF | 860KB)
Pennsylvania State University; Pennsylvania Department of Education. Project PA.
A kit developed to help address the roles of families, schools, and communities in reversing the trends in childhood obesity.
Your Child's Weight
Nemours Foundation. KidsHealth.
Includes a discussion of overweight and underweight, body image, dieting, and the family approach to preventing childhood weight issues.
We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition)
DHHS. National Institutes of Health.
A national program for parents and caregivers interested in practical tools to help children 8-13 years old stay at a healthy weight.
BMI- Body Mass Index: Child and Teen Calculator
DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This calculator provides BMI and the corresponding BMI-for-age percentile on a CDC BMI-for-age growth chart for children and teens, aged 2 through 19 years old.
National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR)
National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research.
A collaboration among CDC, NIH, USDA, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) aimed at accelerating research progress to stop and reverse childhood obesity in America.
Helping Kids Fight Obesity: Best Online Info Sources (PDF | 778 KB)
USDA. Agricultural Research Service.
Looking for a variety of information on childhood obesity? This fact sheet from USDA's Agricultural Research Service summarizes some of the best sources.