Studies

This section of the Childhood Obesity Policy Resource Center contains information and recent studies measuring the effects of childhood obesity interventions.

Swap Your Snack Campaign
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has created an online campaign designed to bring further attention to the USDA’s Smart Snacks in Schools standards before July 1, as well as to help schools move their staff towards implementing the Smart Snack standards. (Read More)

Model Statute Limiting Food Marketing in Schools
ChangeLab Solutions researched the effects of food marketing in schools, and provides potential solutions to this issue. (Read More)

Prevalence of Childhood and Adult Obesity in the United States, 2011-2012
New data from the CDC shows that during the last 10 years, the obesity rate has decreased by 43% for children age 2-5. Although this group has seen progress, the report also notes that there have been "no significant changes in obesity prevalence in youth or adults between 2003-2004 and 2011-2012". (Read More)

Red Light, Green Light: Food Choice Made Easier
A Massachusetts Hospital has color coded their cafeteria to determine healthy items. Menu items were labeled with a "green light" if healthy, "yellow light" for less healthy options, and "red light" for unhealthy options. (Read More)

Championing Change: Elected Officials Act Locally to Make Their Communities Healthier
Community leaders such as Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, Providence, Rhode Island Mayor Angel Taveras, and Lemon Grove, California School Board Member Blanca Brown are working to fight childhood obesity. (Read More)

"Fat Letters" in Public Schools: Public Health Versus Pride
The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a report recommending that all schools should be monitoring student's BMI and sending home reports to parents. (Read More)

F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2013
Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) have released their 2013 F as in Fat report that documents America's current obesity rates and projects future rates. (Read More)

Progress on Childhood Obesity: Many States Show Declines
The CDC released a report confirming that many states have had declines in instances of childhood obesity. The report features a map of childhood obesity rates, and tools to continue childhood obesity reduction. (Read More)

American Academy of Clinical Endocrinologists' Position Statement on Obesity and Obesity Medicine
AACE plans to establish additional training programs for endocrinologists to tackle the issue of childhood obesity in patients. (Read More)

Childhood Obesity and Neighborhood Food Store Availability in an Inner City Community
In East Harlem New York, researchers studied the effects of neighboring corner stores and fast food on children’s body mass index (BMI). Children living on a block with a corner store had an increased risk of having a higher BMI. (Read More)

Physical Activity and Food Environments: Solutions to the Obesity Epidemic
Researchers look at environmental, policy, and societal changes that contribute to the childhood obesity, and methods to decrease the epidemic.(Read More)
 
Behavioral Interventions to Prevent Childhood Obesity: A Systematic Review and Metaanalyses of Randomized Trials
This meta-analysis of past behavioral interventions designed to prevent childhood obesity, explores the different outcomes and suggests new methods. (Read More)
 
Weight Management: Promotion of a Healthy Lifestyle
The Medical Society of the State of New York provides promotion activities to decrease the instances of childhood obesity. (Read More)