Childhood Obesity

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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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    Journal Article

    Childhood Obesity is a Stubborn Predictor of Adolescent Obesity

    Nov 19, 2014

    Most children who are obese by the fifth grade will stay obese through high school. A study of over 3,500 students found that body image, the amount of TV watched, and a parent’s weight and education level all significantly related to whether elementary school children remain or become obese as they grow up.

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