Childhood Overweight

General Information

Is My Child a Healthy Weight?

Nemours Foundation. KidsHealth.

Learn about childhood overweight and underweight, body image, dieting, and family approaches to preventing childhood weight problems.

Watch Webinars About Childhood Obesity Research

National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research.

Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition

DHHS. National Institutes of Health. We Can!

Learn About Obesity in Children

DHHS. NIH. NLM. MedlinePlus.

Food and Nutrition Information Center Logo Get a Childhood Obesity List of Books, Web sites, and Resources (PDF | 210KB)

USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.

Help Your Overweight Child

DHHS. NIH. NIDDK. Weight-control Information Network.

Learn about obesity risk factors, assessment, and ways to help your child develop a good attitude about eating. Updated January 2012.

Help Prevent Childhood Overweight and Obesity (PDF | 860KB)

Pennsylvania State University; Pennsylvania Department of Education. Project PA.


What is the Prevalence of Obesity Among Children and Youth?

DHHS. CDC. National Center for Health Statistics.

Find Statistics for Overweight in Children

American Heart Association.

Read "Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth" (PDF | 2.20 MB)

DHHS. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Find a Childhood Obesity Surveillance System

National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research.

Find data at the local, state, and national levels on a range of variables.

Get the Statistics on High School Youth Health-Risk Behaviors

DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Find out how many youth don't get enough exercise and have unhealthy eating behaviors from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System.

Online Calculators, Games & Tutorials

Calculate Body Mass Index (BMI) Percentile for Children and Teens

DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Do Children Who Participate in Multiple Federal Nutrition Programs Weigh More? (PDF | 629 KB)

Georgia State University and Southern Methodist University.

Read the report that shows participation in multiple programs is unrelated to childhood obesity in low-income households. March 2012

Read "Recommendations on the Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment of Childhood Obesity" (PDF | 63.4 KB)

American Medical Association. Expert Committee

Read the paper (PDF | 1.1 MB).

Link Policies that Prevent Hunger and Childhood Obesity

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Leadership for Helathy Communities.

Read this news brief for ideas about policies that can reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. Direct link to PDF (281KB). February 2012.