New IOM Report on Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies

New IOM Report on Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies

06.24.11 | By

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a new report this week looking at childhood obesity prevention policies. The report notes that, today, "almost 10 percent of infants and toddlers carry excess weight for their length, and slightly more than 20 percent of children between the ages of two and five are already overweight or obese. Because early obesity can track into adulthood, efforts to prevent obesity should begin long before a child enters school."

Tackling the childhood obesity issue - preventing obesity as well as dealing quickly with the chronic health problems that can arise from obesity - is a major health challenge in the U.S. Obesity often results in complications like heart disease -the leading cause of premature death in this country.
The IOM report is being released at the same time that there is growing global concern over the problem of obesity and its effect on individuals as well as its costs to health care systems.
The problem of obesity across all ages has also been a principal focus of the The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. With around 75 cents of every healthcare dollar spent in the U.S. going to treat often preventable chronic conditions, finding better prevention and treatment strategies is critical to the well-being of every American as well as necessary to efforts to help control healthcare costs.

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