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Obesity in the Early Childhood Years

State of the Science and Implementation of Promising Solutions

Workshop Summary

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Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); .
ISBN-13: 978-0-309-43921-3ISBN-10: 0-309-43921-3

Among the many troubling aspects of the rising prevalence of obesity in the United States and elsewhere in recent years, the growth of early childhood overweight and obesity stands out. To explore what is known about effective and innovative interventions to counter obesity in young children, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Roundtable on Obesity Solutions held a workshop in October 2015. The workshop brought together many of the leading researchers on obesity in young children to describe the state of the science and potential solutions based on that research. Participants explored sustainable collaborations and new insights into the implementation of interventions and policies, particularly those related to nutrition and physical activity, for the treatment and prevention of obesity in young children. Obesity in the Early Childhood Years summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.


Rapporteur: Steve Olson.

This activity was supported by Contract No. 20132685 from The California Endowment, Contract No. 10002863 from Highmark, Inc., Contract No. 10001561 from The JPB Foundation, Contract No. 10001518 from Kaiser Permanente, Contract No. 10001539 from The Kresge Foundation, and Contract No. 10001565 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with additional support from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; Alliance for a Healthier Generation; American Academy of Pediatrics; American College of Sports Medicine; American Council on Exercise; American Heart Association; American Society for Nutrition; Bipartisan Policy Center; Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina; ChildObesity180/Tufts University; Edelman; General Mills, Inc.; Greater Rochester Health Foundation; HealthPartners, Inc.; Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation; Kellogg Company; Mars, Inc.; Nemours Foundation; Nestlé Nutrition, North America; Nestlé USA; The Obesity Society; Partnership for a Healthier America; President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition; Reebok, International; Salud America!; Sesame Workshop; and YMCA of the USA. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of any organization or agency that provided support for the project.

Suggested citation:

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Obesity in the early childhood years: State of the science and implementation of promising solutions: Workshop summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23445.

Copyright 2016 by the National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
Bookshelf ID: NBK368372PMID: 27336112DOI: 10.17226/23445


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