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About State of Childhood Obesity

The State of Childhood Obesity collects the best-available data on childhood obesity rates, synthesizes and makes recommendations on key policies to prevent obesity, and highlights stories of action from across the country. The State of Childhood Obesity is a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

For additional data and information regarding obesity, visit the websites of Trust for America’s Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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October 2020

Report: Prioritizing Children’s Health During the Pandemic

This report, released in October 2020, presents the latest childhood obesity rates and trends, expert insights, relevant research, and policy developments, including emergency relief efforts to support major federal nutrition programs. It highlights promising strategies for prioritizing children’s health and improving equity in response to the pandemic and throughout recovery.

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Methodology and Data Sources

Learn more about our methodology and data sources, including detailed descriptions of the major federal surveys featured on this site.

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About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

For more than 45 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are working alongside others to build a national Culture of Health that provides everyone in America a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.