In recent months and years, we’ve started seeing early signs of progress in reversing childhood obesity, a health crisis that many believed was intractable. In a growing number of cities and states, there’s evidence that childhood obesity rates are on the decline. That’s good news.
But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. We still have a lot of work to do. Despite these signs of progress, overall rates among school-aged youth remain high and there are significant racial and economic disparities in obesity prevalence among children and adolescents.
The question now before us is: How do we ensure that all of our nation’s children, especially young people most at risk, are able to achieve a healthy weight, and how do we enlist new partners in the childhood obesity prevention movement?