Childhood Obesity

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Understanding Obesity

With 1 out of every 3 children overweight or obese, the Association joins children's hospitals to promote best practice in clinical care and build community capacity to prevent and respond to this staggering health threat.


Presentation or Recording
Educating the Community to Lead Healthy Successful Lives
July 29, 2019

Learn from the expertise of Cohen Children’s Hospital educational services.

Dietitian Helps Pediatric Patients, Families and Hospital Staff Eat Healthy
February 1, 2019

As director of Culinary and Clinical Nutrition Services for UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin, Megan Waltz, MBA, and her team support the organization's mission of advancing health through science and social responsibility.

How to Change the Conversation About Obesity
April 27, 2018

Let's Go! program that encourage healthy behaviors in kids spreads into the adult population.

Study: Few Adults Think Today's Children are Better Off
November 2, 2017

Adults think today's kids are worse off than their parents.

New Study Shows How Sleep Apnea, Brain Function in Children are Linked
May 4, 2017

Researchers for the first time show how sleep apena affects neurocognitive function in children.

A Health Care Model that Prevents Obesity
February 8, 2017

This health care model from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta moves beyond treating obesity, it works to prevent it.

3 Things to Know About Bariatric Surgery for Pediatric Patients
January 4, 2017

Bariatric surgery helps combat and reduce the risk of obesity-related conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and high blood pressure.

Fact Sheet
Childhood Obesity Facts and Trends
September 2, 2016

Access facts and trends and learn why childhood obesity is one of the greatest public health threats facing today's children.

Adults Say Kids' Health is Worse Than in the Past
April 18, 2016

The C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at University of Michigan, in collaboration with Children’s Hospital Association, found that adults agree that children's health today seems worse than over the last several decades.

Presentation or Recording
Childhood Obesity Webinars
November 20, 2014

View recordings of past childhood obesity webinars.

Press Release
Clinicians at Children’s Hospitals Issue Recommendations for Screenings and Treatments for Obesity-related Conditions in Children
August 11, 2014

Twenty-five of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals, in collaboration with the Children’s Hospital Association, issued “consensus statements,” or recommendations, addressing the steps to take for the screening and treatment of four medical conditions that, in the past, were typically found in adults but have been on the rise as obesity has become more prevalent among children.

Addressing Prediabetes in Childhood Obesity Treatment Programs: Support From Research and Current Practice
August 1, 2014

Reviews the literature and summarizes practices for screening, diagnosis, and treatment of prediabetes at childhood obesity treatment centers.

Consensus Statements for Comorbidities of Childhood Obesity
August 1, 2014

Participants of FOCUS on a Fitter Future II developed consensus statements for pediatric obesity-related comorbidities.

Sample or Template
Children's National Medical Center - Policy for Identification of Obesity
July 31, 2014

Children's National Medical Center has developed this policy to identify obesity in its patients.

Poster - Children's Hospitals Respond to Obesity
July 31, 2014

A poster focused on the identification and treatment of obesity presented at Pediatric Hospital Medicine 2014.

Reference Material
Identification of Obesity
July 31, 2014

Sample policies for identifying obesity in all hospital settings.

Presentation or Recording
Creating a Healthy Food Environment
July 1, 2014

Resources to help your hospital create a healthy food environment.

Reference Material
List of Healthy Options for Rewards and Recognition
July 1, 2014

Developed by members of the FOCUS on a Fitter Future Healthy Hospitals Committee, this list combines best practices in their institutions.

Physical Activity in Clinical Pediatric Weight Management Programs: Current Practices and Recommendations
May 1, 2014

Presented at ACSM's 61st Annual Meeting, 5th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® and World Congress on the Role of Inflammation in Exercise, Health & Disease.

How Hospitals Are Improving Cafeteria Food Options
April 20, 2014

Hospitals aren’t entirely eliminating unhealthy cafeteria options, instead they are helping consumers make better decisions. Profitability is a perceived hurdle to change, but most hospitals are finding their numbers are holding steady.

Assessment and Treatment of Obesity in Children 5 Years Old and Under
March 1, 2014

This poster was presented at the Society for Pediatric Psychology in March 2014.