Childhood Obesity


Childhood obesity is associated with numerous negative effects on children's physical and emotional health and well-being. RAND research on childhood obesity includes studies on peer and neighborhood influences on food choices, school nutrition policies, physical activity of children and their families, and adolescent dietary behaviors.

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    How Does Food Environment Contribute to Childhood Obesity?

    Mar 15, 2012

    Youth obesity has become a major concern for local and national policymakers, and many of their efforts have looked at the food environment as an area for intervention. Two new studies indicate that the relationship between obesity and the food environment may not be so straightforward.

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