Recommendations for preventing childhood obesity have mainly focused on children from kindergarten ages through young adulthood. However, evidence points to early childhood as a critical period for assessing the beginnings of obesity and implementing preventive measures. Obesity Prevention Policies for Young Children, a new report from the IOM, recommends evidence-based strategies and policies to promote healthy weights in children from birth to age 5.
The report will be released at a one-hour public briefing starting at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, June 23, in the Murrow Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Those who cannot attend may participate through a live webcast accessible at http://www.nationalacademies.org. Advance copies of the report will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EDT Tuesday, June 22. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, June 23. Reporters can obtain a copy and arrange interviews with members of the authoring committee by contacting the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.