The Adolescent Obesity Epidemic

Adolescent obesity is a health crisis, with nearly one-third of U.S. youth overweight or obese. Physical activity rates have decreased as sugar-sweetened beverage consumption has increased. To confront the issue of childhood obesity and remove barriers preventing youth from eating healthfully and engaging in regular physical activity, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has committed $500 million. RWJF-funded research programs on childhood obesity direct interventions and explore policy and environmental issues that impose barriers to improving American's access to nutritious foods. As Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., writes, “Only through sound and sustained research efforts will solutions emerge that will set us on the right course to reversing our country’s childhood obesity epidemic.”