In recent years, the national childhood obesity rate has leveled off. Some cities, counties, and states have even reported modest declines in their rates, but progress to reduce racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in obesity rates has been more limited.
The places that are reporting declines have taken their own unique approaches to addressing childhood obesity. Many of these places have made broad, sweeping changes to make healthy foods available in schools and communities and integrate physical activity into people's daily lives.
More efforts are needed to implement these types of sweeping changes nationwide and to address the health disparities gap that exists among underserved communities and populations.
This Health Policy Snapshot examines where, and why, progress is being made to address the childhood obesity epidemic.
Read more from RWJF's Health Policy Snapshot series.