Our Work

Obesity Prevention


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:

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