Childhood Obesity

I am determined to work with folks across this country to change the way a generation of kids thinks about food and nutrition - Michelle Obama

Childhood Obesity
Childhood Obesity

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It's Not About the Calories

The past few years have seen the launch of many admirable initiatives to solve the problem of childhood obesity in America, but I'd like to respectfully suggest that these programs are, quite simply, doomed to failure. This is not because the food industry will subvert their efforts. It's not because the children and parents in this country lack the willpower to tackle this problem and certainly not because they lack the motivation. It's because the advice these anti-obesity initiatives give isn't going to help, and the science they're based on is misguided.

Take Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign, one of the most high-profile examples of this mistaken approach to the problem.…

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 It's Not About the Calories

Why existing efforts to combat childhood obesity are bound to fail.

Action for Healthy Kids

Action for Healthy Kids® fights childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. We partner with a legion of dedicated volunteers -- teachers, students, moms, dads, school wellness experts and more -- from within the ranks of our 80,000+ network to create healthful school changes. After all, everyone has a part to play in ending the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, works to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity and to empower kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits.

Childhood Obesity Conference

Obesity is a leading cause of mortality, morbidity, disability and discrimination in health care, education and employment. It is a public health challenge of near equal magnitude to that of tobacco use and exposure.

Childhood Obesity Foundation

This website is dedicated to educating Canadian children, their families and care givers, educators, business and government about the problem of childhood obesity. We hope that everyone can take steps to stop the current epidemic of childhood obesity in Canada.


Experts and leaders from diverse disciplines are coming together, generating urgency, and finding solutions to the childhood obesity epidemic.

Jamie Oliver

What we eat affects everything: our mood, behaviour, health, growth, even our ability to concentrate. A lunchtime school meal should provide a growing child with one third of their daily nutritional intake.

Jordan Levin Childhood Obesity Foundation

The Jordan Levin Childhood Obesity Foundation (JLCOF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 2009, with the goal of fighting the childhood obesity epidemic one child at a time. The foundation is currently helping to finance and assist overweight/obese children in accessing education, exercise and nutritional counseling.

Let’s Go!

Let’s Go! is helping kids and families eat healthy and be active. We understand it’s important to have a consistent message about healthy habits where you live, learn, work and play. So we partner with teachers, doctors, child care providers, and community organizations to help share the same four healthy habits of “5 2 1 0” everyday:

National Childhood Obesity Foundation

Created for the general purpose of proactively developing, uniting, integrating, targeting, and communicating a positive ecologically and scientifically based health care empowerment nutrition and physical activity education intervention program message to those directly and indirectly affected by the national obesity epidemic.

Obesity Society

The Obesity Society is the leading scientific society dedicated to the study of obesity. Since 1982, The Obesity Society has been committed to encouraging research on the causes and treatment of obesity, and to keeping the medical community and public informed of new advances.

Voices for Healthy Kids Action Center

Voices for Healthy Kids Action Center is the only online national network of people solely dedicated to ensuring our kids grow up at a healthy weight. We connect advocates across the movement with hundreds of thousands of supporters in advocacy efforts to implement policies that will help reduce children nationwide grow up at a healthy weight.


This Web site provides information about childhood overweight and obesity, including how overweight and obesity are defined for children, the prevalence of obesity, the factors associated with obesity, and the related health consequences.


The percentage of overweight children in the United States is growing at an alarming rate, with 1 out of 3 kids now considered overweight or obese.

Raising Children Network

In 2007, 23% of Australian children were overweight or obese. The number of overweight children nearly doubled between 1985 and 1995, while the number of obese children more than tripled in the same period.


Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. The problem is global and is steadily affecting many low- and middle-income countries, particularly in urban settings. The prevalence has increased at an alarming rate.

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