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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
3 out of 4
3 out of 4
Year Published: 

Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance

Description of Resource: 
This document describes a prevention-focused action plan to decrease the prevalence of obesity in children in the United States. Actions steps are identified for the federal government, industry and media, state and local governments, health care professionals, community and non-profit organizations, state and local education authorities and schools, and parents and families. Recommendations are based on the best available evidence.

Evidence-Based Resource Details

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Developed By: 
Institute of Medicine
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Nutrition and Weight Status
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Non-Systematic Review
Randomized Controlled Trial
Cohort Study
Cross-Sectional or Prevalence Study
Expert Opinion
Field-Based Summary or Case Study
Experimental Study
Koplan JP, Liverman CT, Kraak VA, eds., and Committee on Prevention of Obesity in Youth, Food and Nutrition Board, Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance [Internet]. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2004 Sep 29 [cited 2013 Jan 17]. Available from: