Early Childhood Obesity Prevention: Integration Across Initiatives to Yield Greater Effectiveness

The number of overweight and obese American children has escalated since the 1970s, with rates more than doubling for preschoolers (ages 2 to 5). The problems can lead to depression and social isolation, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and other problems in adulthood. To curb the problem, the U.S. Federal Government must build on past success by integrating policy development, health promotion innovations, and best practices across key settings where pregnant women and young children spend time and where change agents can make a difference.

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