Scientific Observations on Obesity

Childhood Obesity- What We Can Learn from Existing Data on Societal Trends- Part 1

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This resource focuses on media use, time usage and homework and the changes that have occurred in each of these areas and in childhood obesity.


Childhood Obesity- What We Can Learn from Existing Data on Societal Trends-Part 2 (PDF | 316.77 KB)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This resource focuses physical education, transportation and diet and the changes that have occurred in each of those areas and in childhood obesity. This is part 2 of a two part study.


Childhood Overweight: What the Research Tells Us

George Washington University Medical Center for Health and Health Care in Schools.

Publication summarizes key findings from the best studies on the background and health consequences of childhood overweight including information regarding physical activity and nutrition in schools.


Effects of Decreasing Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption on Body Weight in Adolescents: A Randomized, Controlled Pilot Study

Pediatrics, The Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics

A look at the changes in body weight in adolescents after switching from primarily sugar-sweetened beverages to non-caloric beverages.


Identifying Risk for Obesity in Early Childhood

Pediatrics.

This journal article examines the predictive value of earlier levels of BMI status on later risk of overweight and obesity during the middle childhood and early adolescent years.


Individual Weight Change Is Associated with Household Food Security Status

The Journal of Nutrition.

This research article examines the relationship between weight and income in the US.


Salt Intake Is Related to Soft Drink Consumption in Children and Adolescents: A Link to Obesity?

Hypertension. The American Heart Association.

An exploration of how salt in the diet is contributing to child obesity by having a direct correlation between sodium intake and soft drink consumption.


The Negative Impact of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages on Children's Health

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Sugar-sweetened beverages are being consumed in higher proportions than they had been 30 years ago and there is a strong correlation between childhood obesity. This study shows which sugar-sweetened beverages are being consumed in the highest and lowest amounts and where the sugar-sweetened beverages are being consumed.


The Role of Media in Childhood Obesity

Kaiser Family Foundation.

Review of more than 40 studies explores the role media plays in childhood obesity, proposed media-related policy options that address childhood obesity, and identifies ways media could play a positive role in helping to address this important public health problem.