Our Work

Obesity Prevention

PREVENTING OBESITY FROM BIRTH

CHDI is exploring how to advance policies and best practices to combat childhood obesity in Connecticut.

The focus is on prevention efforts, since we know that a foundation for healthy weight begins before and during pregnancy, and in the earliest years of a child’s life.

The Problem:

  • Obesity affects an alarming one-third of children in Connecticut and nationwide.
  • The long-term health consequences of child obesity are troubling, particularly as they affect populations most at risk for poor health and developmental outcomes.
  • Despite many obesity-related initiatives to combat child obesity in Connecticut, rates of obesity among Connecticut children remain stagnant.
  • Childhood obesity tracks into adulthood, and recent research shows that obesity may be very difficult to reverse if children are obese by 5 years of age.

CHDI’s Obesity Efforts

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CHDI work related to obesity prevention, includes: