Editors: Leann L. Birch, Lynn Parker, and Annina Burns
Institute of Medicine; Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies; Committee on Obesity Prevention Policies for Young Children, 2011
203 pp. 2.9 MB
Childhood obesity is a serious health problem that has adverse and long-lasting consequences for individuals, families, and communities. The magnitude of the problem has increased dramatically during the last three decades and, despite some indications of a plateau in this growth, the numbers remain stubbornly high. Efforts to prevent childhood obesity to date have focused largely on school-aged children, with relatively little attention to children under age 5. However, there is a growing awareness that efforts to prevent childhood obesity must begin before children ever enter the school system.