How the built environment is contributing to childhood obesity

A child's health is inextricably linked to the neighborhood in which he or she grows up

September 12, 2014
by Joanna Rothkopf

A recent study conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that the level of childhood obesity had actually stabilized throughout the country, nearly 17 percent of children and young adults classifying as obese. A leveling off is obviously better than an increase, but there remains much work to be done. Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and chief executive of RWJF said, “Early childhood is particularly important because research tells us that if you can avoid obesity early on, you’re much more likely to maintain a healthy weight into adolescence and adulthood.”

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