Childhood Obesity

This list contains a variety of resources which can aid teachers, parents, and caregivers in the prevention of obesity in young children.

IEL Resources

Web Resources

  • The Epidemic of Childhood Obesity: Review of Research and Implications for Public Policy
    This report from the Society for Research in Child Development reviews medical and psychosocial risks associated with obesity in children, reviews prevention and intervention efforts, and makes recommendations based on the research conclusions.
  • Helping Your Child: Tips for Parents
    Parents can find tips on encouraging healthy eating and exercise habits in their families on this Weight-Control Information Network website.
  • Fitness and Your 4- to 5-Year-Old
    This Nemours Foundation website suggests ways that parents can encourage children to participate in physical activities to promote good health.
  • My Plate at Home
    This booklet from the U.S. Department of Agriculture offers fun and easy tips for building healthier family meals that include the five food groups.
  • Recipes for Kids
    Letting children help with food and meal preparation is a great way to encourage them to try new foods and think about nutrition. The KidsHealth website includes recipes for children with special health concerns, such as diabetes.
Type of resource:
  • Resource List
Setting(s) for which the article is intended:
  • Child Care Center
  • Family Child Care
  • Home
  • Preschool Program
Intended audience(s):
  • Parents / Family
  • Teachers / Service providers
Age Levels (the age of the children to whom the article applies):
  • Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Reviewed: 2017