Measuring childhood obesity prevention

17 percent of all children aged 6-11 and 17.6 percent of adolescents aged 12-19 are obese.

So begins the recent study by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (NA). The report released on September 08, 2008 examines the various efforts to combat the adverse consequences of childhood obesity and to promote healthy lifestyles.

Reporting on a June 2008 workshop conducted by the Institute which "featured site-leaders and evaluators representing different locally-based childhood obesity prevention programs," the release documented the
discussion about the challenges and promising approaches for evaluating and acting on complex policy and programmatic interventions to prevent obesity and its health consequences.
Community Perspectives on Obesity Prevention in Children. Workshop Summary
(September 2008, 40pp/NAP Open Document)

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