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Children's Nutrition/Feeding Children

Eating Disorders

Malnutrition, Food Insecurity and Poverty

Childhood Obesity

Obesity is a major public health concern in the United States. Between 1980 and 2002, the proportion of children and adolescents ages 6 through 19 who were overweight more than tripled. Obesity now affects over 15 percent of children and adolescents and more than 10 percent of children ages 2 through 5 are overweight. Children and adolescents who are overweight are at increased risk for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and social discrimination that can lead to poor self-esteem and depression.

American Academy of Pediatrics 

American Dietetic Association:

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)  
- Provides statistics from the US government's Centers for Disease Control (CDC), including NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) data.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Weight Control Information Network
(National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases -- NDDK)

American Obesity Association

The Center of Weight and Health
University of California, Berkeley

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: "The Shape We're In"   Newpaper series

Center for Health and Health Care In Schools

Institutes of Medicine

The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry -- Family Facts Seriers

Additional Information, Related Articles and Web Sites on Childhood Obesity

Moving to Prevent Childhood Obesity Childhood "Globesity" -- From the International Food Information Council. Discusses the growing trends of childhood overweight and obesity around the world.

The contribution of expanding portion sizes to the US obesity epidemic
Lisa R. Young and Marion Nestle. American Journal of Public Health, 92(2):246-250.2002. This study examines what role "super sized" portions play in the current obesity epidemic.

Halting the obesity epidemic
-- Marion Nestle et al. Public Health Reports, 115(1): 12-24. 2000.This article looks at obesity from a public health perspective and talks about ways we, as a society, can help reduce the growth of obesity.

Bright Futures -- Obesity
- Georgetown University. Provides data profiles about childhood obesity including health and quality of life issues.

Consumption of food group servings: people's perceptions vs. reality
-- Nutrition Insights, no. 20: October 2000. Informative article from the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion discussing how people's perceptions of their food group consumption are very different from their actual food intakes.

Is Dieting OK for Kids -- From the Nemours Foundation -- This information is written especially for children and young adults. The information addresses what a restrictive diet is, safe methods of weight loss, and suggests lifestyle changes for a healthy weight.

Coordinating efforts on childhood obesity.
This brief from the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation summarizes a forum held in October 2001 to address childhood obesity and the improvement of nutrition and physical activity.

The Surgeon General's Call To Action To Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity

Links to Fast Food Facts

Physical Activity and Sports Nutrition

Teaching Nutrition to Kids



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