Childhood Obesity Prevention  

Childhood Obesity Prevention:

Promoting Healthy Weight in Children


Why do we need to promote healthy weight in kids?

Parents, pediatricians, and even political icons like Michelle Obama are focused on promoting healthy weight in kids because childhood obesity is becoming a huge epidemic in the United States. Twenty percent (20%!) of children are considered overweight or obese at age 11. If left untreated, childhood obesity can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

How do we promote healthy weight in kids?

There are a variety of ways to promote healthy weight in kids. We can tackle eating and food issues at home and school. We can urge our children to increase activity and exercise. Most importantly, we can join forces with parents, physicians, and educators to create the optimal environments for our kids.

What Stanford University is doing to help:

Through a research grant funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine is proud to offer a new parent education series on the topic of child feeding. These classes are aimed at preventing future eating and weight problems in children. Classes are small and interactive, and allow time for problem solving and individual attention.

Please visit our research page to learn more about the program and the people involved.

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