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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.

OCTOBER 2019

State Of Childhood Obesity: Helping All Children Grow Up Healthy

This report provides findings from major federal datasets measuring childhood obesity among different age groups and describes policies and programs aimed at creating healthier child-care centers, schools, and communities. It also offers recommendations for helping all children grow up at a healthy weight, especially from an early age, which is essential to preventing a wide range of health problems and saving billions in health care costs.

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Methodology and Data Sources

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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.