Research and Resources on Childhood Obesity

A selected list of resources relating to the prevalence of childhood obesity and interventions to combat it. Hover over a title to link to that resource.

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Selected Readings

Oblivobesity: Looking Over the Overweight That Parents Keep Overlooking
(Editorial by Childhood Obesity editor David Katz)


Sources and Publications

Active Living Research

Evidence-based tools and resources to prevent childhood obesity and create active communities.

America’s Health Rankings

The longest-running, comprehensive perspective of our nation’s health, state by state. 

Bridging the Gap: Secondary School Survey

School Policies and Practices to Improve Health and Prevent Obesity: National Secondary School Survey Results (Volume 5), Released December 2014

CDC: Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity: Data, Trends and Maps

An easy-to-use, comprehensive collection of key indicators for childhood obesity in Indiana and the nation. Collects in one place indicators related to many childhood obesity topics such as physical activity, nutrition, schools, fruits and vegetables, breastfeeding practices, policy and farmers’ markets.

County Health Rankings

Based on a model of population health that emphasizes the many factors that, if improved, can help make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play. A program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being 2014 Obesity Rankings

The obesity rate in the United States is the highest since Gallup and Healthways began tracking and measuring well-being in 2008. The national incidence of obesity was 27.7 percent in 2014, up from 27.1 percent in 2013 and significantly above the 25.5 percent recorded in 2008.

Obesity 2015

Published February 2015, an issue of The Lancet focusing on obesity, food environments and behaviors, and interventions.

Signs of Progress

In recent years, some cities, counties, and states have started to see their childhood obesity rates go down. Places that are taking a comprehensive approach are making progress. Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

State of Obesity

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health sponsor this comprehensive source for current information about obesity and childhood obesity in the United States. Well-organized, with lots of Indiana-related information.

United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Information Center

Resources on adolescent and childhood obesity