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.
- 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
CHDI work related to obesity prevention, includes: