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National Childhood Obesity Month

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According to the CDC, about 1 of every 5 (17%) children in the U.S. has obesity.  While childhood obesity affects all groups, it disproportionately affects certain racial and ethnic groups.  Racial and ethnic minority children often live in communities where they face challenges in access to affordable, healthy food or safe places to be physically active, which contribute to higher obesity rates.  Childhood obesity has become an urgent public health issue that also impacts health equity. As the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services observes National Childhood Obesity Month (September), the resources below can help families and health professionals address this critical issue:

Childhood Obesity Graphics

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Childhood Obesity Facts

The links below provide information about childhood obesity in children and adolescents.

Projects and Partnerships

Office of Minority Health programs and partners helping communities and health professionals address childhood obesity include:

Resources and Publications

Last Modified: 9/4/2018 11:29:00 AM