RWJF is committed to tackling one of the most urgent threats to the health of our children and families—childhood obesity. Our goal is to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015.
Investing in research is the cornerstone of RWJF’s approach for reversing the childhood obesity epidemic. Our grantees are examining which strategies have the greatest potential to promote healthy eating and physical activity among children.
Latest Childhood Obesity Research Products
December 4, 2013 | Program Results Report
The National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic civil rights organization, created an advocacy campaign highlighting the link between lack of access to healthy, affordable food and childhood obesity and promoting government nutrition programs.
December 1, 2013 | Issue Brief
The brief describes related policy implications and discusses current efforts by industry and advocates aimed at changing child-directed marketing practices by fast-food companies.
This program aims to identify the policy and environmental drivers of recent declines in obesity levels in some cities and states and of reduced disparities among ethnic/racial groups and across income levels.
November 5, 2013 | Report
Fast food restaurants’ nutritional quality and marketing to children and teens has improved, but more work is needed.
October 7, 2013 | Journal Article
This study is the first to examine the extent of athlete endorsements in food marketing campaigns.
October 1, 2013 | Journal Article
Healthy changes to restaurant menu items were offset by almost as many unhealthy changes.
September 1, 2013 | Report
This report presents findings about when school districts expect to be able to meet the updated nutrition standards for school meals, challenges they face in doing so, and how they are meeting those challenges.
August 16, 2013 | Report
Thirteen states now have adult obesity rates above 30 percent, 41 states have rates of at least 25 percent, and every state is above 20 percent, according to the report.
August 1, 2013 | Journal Article
Online tool quantifies the effect of interventions and informs practice and policy.
July 9, 2013 | Journal Article
In adolescent females, weight gain and obesity were risk factors for depression onset during the transition to adulthood according to research findings.