Links on Childhood Obesity, Part II

by Reza Corinne Clifton

PROVIDENCE, RI – This post, and its previously published companion piece, are being offered for those who want to learn more and spread the word about preventing and addressing childhood obesity. For those who want to learn in or through multimedia channels, make sure to check out the section below labeled: “Podcasts and other Multimedia Resources.”

Finally, if there’s something we missed or something worth adding, be sure to leave us a comment or email us at


Links from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Trends in Childhood Obesity:
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys

Trends in Childhood Obesity:
Obesity Prevalence Among Low-Income, Preschool-Aged Children 1998–2008

U.S. Obesity Trends:
Trends by State 1985–2008
(**posted as per a special request left in the comments field of the first Childhood Obesity post**)

U.S. Obesity Trends:
Obesity by Race/Ethnicity 2006-2008


Links from the New York Times

Child Obesity Risks Death at Early Age, Study Finds
Published: February 10, 2010

A rare study that tracked thousands of children through adulthood found the heaviest youngsters were more than twice as likely as the thinnest to die prematurely, before age 55, of illness or a self-inflicted injury. The study, published Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine, analyzed data gathered from Pima and Tohono O’odham Indians, whose rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes soared decades before weight problems became widespread among other Americans. It is one of the largest studies to have tracked children for several decades after detailed information on weight and risk factors like high cholesterol were gathered.

Click here to keep reading the New York Times article. Click here to download the full, New England Journal of Medicine article.


Commercials Are the Culprit in TV-Obesity Link
February 9, 2010

Too much time in front of the television has long been linked to childhood obesity. Now, new research suggests it’s not the TV but the commercials that are making kids fat. In a study of more than 2,000 children, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, compared the time the kids spent viewing television and video. They asked caregivers to track children’s media use during one weekday and one weekend day during 1997, then again in 2002. The findings showed that the amount of television a child watched wasn’t a predictor of obesity risk. Instead, risk for being overweight increased the more television commercials a child was exposed to.

Click here to keep reading.


Podcasts and other Multimedia Resources

HHS HealthBeat
Kids, calories and fast food
A 60 second, audio podcast

Kids in a fast-food restaurant might not count calories, but parents could. And a study indicates that, when parents can count calories, the food they get for their kids would have fewer calories. Read more here, or click here to listen to a 60 second podcast about the Seattle Children’s Research Institute study.


Thursday, March 18, 2010, 4:00 P.M.
Ensuring Cultural Competence Across Care Settings
A FREE Webinar
Sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHQR), Health Care Innovations Exchange program

How can health care settings meet the pressing needs of diverse populations? Join our innovators as they discuss how cultural competency can be the foundation for effective innovations on childhood obesity, health care access, and other health care services. Learn about new approaches to culturally competent services, training, and staffing and how you can use them. Furthermore, the following innovation profiles will be featured. See more information on the Urban Health Watch Community Datebook page, or here, where you can also register.


Other Links and Resources

The New England Alliance for Children’s Health – Recently added:
A section on childhood obesity prevention, the Pediatric Quality of Care web page.

The New England Alliance for Children’s Health is an initiative of Community Catalyst, a national nonprofit advocacy organization that builds consumer and community participation in the shaping of the U.S. health care system.). The Alliance’s pediatric quality of care campaign engages consumers, health care professionals, business leaders, and policymakers to raise awareness about pediatric quality, advocate for improvement efforts at the state and federal level, and foster information sharing about pediatric quality initiatives in the New England states.


American City & County – Recent article
Study: Traffic Patterns Affect Childhood Obesity

“Children living in homes surrounded by traffic hazards are at risk of unhealthy weight gain, according to a study performed by the University of California, Berkeley. The study’s findings suggest that city planners should use traffic calming methods to make it safe for children to play outside.”

American City & County “has been the voice of state and local government since 1909. The magazine serves a powerful audience of city, county and state officials who are charged with developing and implementing government policy, programs and projects.” To read the full article, click here, or click here to download the full study.


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHQR) – Online Newsletter – Feature Article
Poverty, race, and gender are all factors in the epidemic of severely obese children

Children whose body mass indexes (BMIs) are in the 99th percentile for their age and gender are considered severely obese, which can lead to chronic health conditions, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease. A new study finds that an estimated 2.7 million U.S. children are severely obese. This number jumped more than 300 percent since 1976 and 70 percent since 1994. Researchers examined data representing 71 million U.S. children from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and found that black and Mexican American boys aged 12 to 19 are most likely to be severely obese. Poverty is also a risk factor. This may be explained in part because of the availability of cheap junk food and the dearth of affordable fresh produce in inner city areas, note the researchers.

Click here to keep reading.


Click here to read the March 3, 2010 “Links on Childhood Obesity, Part I.”


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