Childhood obesity and policies for prevention: Research roundup

June 18, 2014 8:50 PM

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Over the past 30 years, childhood obesity in the United States has increased alarmingly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 1980 just 1 in 14 children ages 6 to 11 was obese, while in 2012 that figure rose to nearly 1 in 5.

To help address this issue, in 2010 First Lady Michelle Obama announced a White House campaign called “Let’s Move,” which aims to “solv[e] the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation.” The campaign incorporates a variety of initiatives aimed at improving children’s diet and exercise, but ...

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