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"Approximately two-thirds of adults and one-third of children in the United States are overweight or obese. Research conducted by Johns Hopkins University projects that if the current trend continues, about 86 percent of adults will be overweight or obese by 2020"

Childhood Obesity Prevention

Childhood obesity prevention encourages development of healthy eating and exercise habits in children ages 2 to 19. Currently, obesity prevention encompasses a variety of programs that are often divided between those that focus on nutrition and those dedicated to physical activity.


Read our social issue report on childhood obesity prevention, which includes: an overview of the social issue, an investment recommendation, information on the return on investment, and ways to take further action.

With childhood obesity on the rise, the current generation of American children may not outlive their parents, despite considerable advances in medicine and technology. Obesity is not only a problem affecting the quality of life of individuals; it also shapes communities and yields large-scale medical and workplace costs.

Childhood obesity prevention encourages the development of healthy eating and exercise habits in children ages 2 to 19 that will keep them from becoming overweight or obese. Addressing this issue requires holistic community initiatives that include policy and environmental changes, as well as programs that educate individuals about healthy behaviors. The reports below focus on direct service educational programs, which enable healthy habits to be developed and sustained.