Obesity Prevention Policies for Young Children

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Food and Nutrition, Children and Families
Board: Food and Nutrition Board

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An ad hoc committee is currently reviewing factors related to excess weight and obesity in infants, toddlers, and preschool children (birth-5 years), with a focus on nutrition and physical activity. In conducting its task, this committee is assessing evidence on the relationships between elevated weight status, rapid weight gain, and subsequent risk for obesity. It will review factors affecting growth, weight status, weight gain, and obesity risk in the first five years, including the feeding relationship with caregivers, physical activity opportunities and barriers, access to healthy foods, social determinants, and other important considerations. The committee will identify settings, programs, and policy opportunities for childhood obesity prevention efforts in the first five years. It will make recommendations on these policies across a range of settings and types of programs, taking into account potential distinctions between policy recommendations for children birth-2 years and 3-5 years.

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