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Childhood Obesity: A Growing Problem

  • Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.
  • The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 20% in 2008. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period.
  • In 2008, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.
  • Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases.
  • The dietary and physical activity behaviors of children and adolescents are influenced by many sectors of society, including families, communities, schools, child care settings, medical care providers, faith-based institutions, government agencies, the media, and the food and beverage industries and entertainment industries.

This information and more can be found:


A great resource for healthier habits:



NC Services & Support Groups

Eat Smart, Move More NC


Farmers Market Nutrition Programs


Be Active Kids


Updated February 2013

Books on Heart Disease

Act in Time to Heart Attack Signs – Video (National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

Espanol - Actué Rápido Frente a las Síntomas de un Ataque al Corazón - Video  (National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute)

Mind Your Heart : A Mind/Body Approach to Stress Management, Exercise, and Nutrition for Heart Health (Harvard Health Publications)

 Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Heart Health (DVD)

Saving Women's Hearts: How You Can Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease With Natural and Conventional Strategies by Martha Gulati and Sherry Torkos (2011)   

Heart Smart for Black Women and Latinas: A 5-Week Program for Living a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle by Jennifer H. Mieres M.D. FACC FAHA, Terri Ann Parnell RN M.A. and Carol Turkington (2008)



 Updated September 2012

Preventing Childhood Obesity Links

Childhood Overweight and Obesity Prevention Initiative: Healthy Youth for a Healthy Future

DHHS. Office of the Surgeon General.

Resources for parents, teachers, and communities to ensure a healthy future for America's children. Also in Spanish.

Helping Your Overweight Child

DHHS. NIH. NIDDK. Weight-control Information Network.

Information for parents to help their children develop a healthy body image and learn healthy eating and physical activity habits.

National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR)

National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research.

A collaboration among CDC, NIH, USDA, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) aimed at accelerating research progress to stop and reverse childhood obesity in America. Includes:


Take Charge of Your Health: A Guide for Teenagers!

DHHS. NIH. NIDDK. Weight-control Information Network.

Provides information on weight control, physical activity, healthy food choices and dietary guidelines for adolescents.


These and other resources can be found at:


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