The percentage of Americans who are obese ticked up to 27.7% in 2014. This is up from 25.5% in 2008. The obesity rate since 2008 has increased most among seniors. (Gallup)
Rising rates of obesity and physical inactivity threaten Americans' quality of life, even as Americans progressed in several key health metrics in 2014, according to the landmark 25th Anniversary Edition of America's Health Rankings: A Call to Action for Individuals & Their Communities.
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends behavioral interventions to reduce recreational sedentary screen time among children aged 13 years and younger.
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has released a new report on obesity and depression that links together the two diseases.
The mission of CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity is to lead strategic public health efforts to prevent and control obesity, chronic disease, and other health conditions though regular physical activity and good nutrition. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
NIH is a key contributor to solving the obesity problem through scientific research on obesity prevention and treatment. (National Institutes of Health (NIH))
The Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center (BNORC) provides resources and support for studies in the area of obesity and nutrition. The site provides access to research, events, and information about the Institute's activities around obesity and nutrition.
(Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS), George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Services)
NACCHO, in cooperation with the CDC, seeks to address issues related to the obesity endemic in the United States and develop interventions through evidence-based, cost-effective strategies which can have a significant impact on our nation's health. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))
The NCCOR brings together four of the nation's leading research funders - the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - to address the problem of childhood obesity in America. NCCOR will focus on efforts that have the potential to benefit children, teens and their families, and the communities in which they live. A special emphasis will be put on the populations and communities in which obesity rates are highest and rising the fastest.
The New York Obesity Research Center seeks to reduce the incidence of obesity and related diseases through leadership in basic research, clinical research, epidemiology and public health, patient care, and public education.
The Obesity Society is a leading scientific society dedicated to the study of obesity, committed to encouraging research on the causes and treatment of obesity, and to keeping the medical community and public informed of new advances.
The Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity is a non-profit research and public policy organization devoted to improving the world's diet, preventing obesity, and reducing weight stigma. (Yale University)
The Texas Obesity Research Center fosters local community collaborations to develop state-of-the-art obesity prevention and control methodologies through cross sectional and longitudinal research investigating psychosocial, environmental and biologic determinants of obesity and its consequences. (University of Houston)
The University of Minnesota Obesity Prevention Center provides leadership and coordination at the local, national, and international level for multidisciplinary research, policy, and education that focuses on understanding and responding to the pernicious epidemic of excessive weight gain and obesity.
The European Association for the Study of Obesity aims to promote research on obesity, facilitate contact between individuals and organizations, and promote action that tackles the epidemic of obesity.
IASO is an umbrella organization for obesity associations from over 50 countries. It works to improve global health by promoting the understanding of obesity and weight-related diseases through scientific research, dialogue, and the development of effective policies for obesity prevention and management.
Resources related to obesity amongst Native American women. (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.)
Resources, news, and strategies for reducing obesity. (American Psychological Association)
Tools, reports, and resources on obesity. (American Public Health Association (APHA))
Support and resources to states for the development of policies that support healthy eating and active living. (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))
Provides an overview of obesity in America and links to information resources. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
The Food Nutrition Information Center provides a wealth of knowledge on the topic of obesity, including general information and resources, treatment and prevention timelines, evaluating weight control programs, practical healthy weight control, adolescent and childhood obesity and non-diet approaches, and more. (Food and Nutrition Information Center, National Agricultural Library (FNIC))
Government-sponsored information resources on obesity. (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.)
Consumer information on obesity prevention and treatment. (Mayo Clinic)
Authoritative information and selected links to resources related to obesity. (National Library of Medicine (NLM) U.S.)
Information on obesity and healthy weight including news, funding opportunities, research results, partnerships, and upcoming events. (National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA)
Links to obesity information and resources across the various Institutes. (National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Resources about genetic linkages to nutrition and obesity, including research and funding opportunities. (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH (NIDDK))
Consumer health information and resources on managing weight. (National Agricultural Library (NAL) USDA)
Information on obesity and its relationship to cancer. (National Cancer Institute, NIH (NCI))
This collection of educational resources contains information and commentary on discoveries of genetic variants, related disease outcomes, and the complex social, legal, and ethical issues surrounding genetic discoveries related to obesity. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
This page explains the effects of obesity on coronary heart disease. (American Heart Association)
Supports people who work on promoting a healthy weight and tackling obesity. Resources include case studies, tools, policy documents, reports and news. (National Heart Forum UK)
The Obesity Treatment and Prevention Program supports research on the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity across the lifespan. Research focuses on critical periods for excess weight gain or high-risk populations. (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH (NIDDK))
Online clearinghouse for the general public and reporters seeking information on the key scientific trends and advancements related to obesity.
PAHO resources and information on obesity in English and Spanish. (Pan American Health Organization (PAHO))
Information and health care provider tools for addressing obesity in rural populations. (Rural Assistance Center (RAC))
Resources for consumers on the topics of weight management and obesity. (Food and Nutrition Information Center, National Agricultural Library (FNIC))
Provides the general public, health professionals, the media, and Congress with up-to-date, science-based information on weight control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues. (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH (NIDDK))
Informational page about the global challenges of obesity. (World Health Organization (WHO))
Evidence-based recommendations for programs and policies for obesity prevention. (Community Preventive Services Task Force)
Provides guidance on how to create policy, systems, and environmental changes that will reduce obesity disparities and achieve health equity. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
NICE clinical guidelines on the prevention, identification, assessment, and management of overweight and obesity in adults and children. (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE))
The guidelines provide information on the types and amounts of physical activity that offer substantial health benefits to Americans. (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.)
The guidelines identify the most effective policies and practices schools can implement to help young people adopt and maintain healthy eating habits and a physically active lifestyle. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
Summary of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for obesity in children and adolescents. (U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF))
Evidence reports and research findings on obesity. (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))
Reports and National Action Guides to prevent and control overweight and obesity. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
Database of studies from the world over that utilize a variety of designs to explore the association between obesity with sedentary behavior. (Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre) UK)
Provides dynamic, pre-formulated PubMed/MEDLINE searches for selected Healthy People 2010 objectives on nutrition and overweight so that current information and evidence-based strategies are easier to find. (National Library of Medicine (NLM) U.S., Public Health Foundation (PHF))
This chapter of Healthy People 2020 presents national health objectives for improving nutrition and tackling problems with overweight. (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.)
The International Journal of Obesity provides an international, multi-disciplinary forum for the study of obesity. Table of contents and abstracts are available for free; full text articles by subscription only.
Reports and workshop summaries on obesity prevention and related topics. (Institute of Medicine (IOM))
Report from the Hudson Institute's Obesity Solutions Initiative. (Hudson Institute)
Evidence Report from the Obesity Expert Panel and clinical practice guidelines developed under NHLBI Partnerships. (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH (NHLBI))
A variety of tools and resources from national organizations and experts to help state teams in the ASTHO Million Hearts Learning Collaborative implement evidence-based change strategies to improve blood pressure control. (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))
A listing of research articles on obesity-related topics. Abstracts and selected articles are available for free; majority of full text articles by subscription only.
Annual reports (formerly known as the F as in Fat report series) that provide state rankings of adult obesity, interactive maps, and strategies to reduce obesity at the state and local level.. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Trust for America's Health (TFAH))
Report that outlines strategies communities can use to address the problems of overweight and obesity. (Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) U.S.)
Report to help Americans lead healthier lives through better nutrition, regular physical activity, and improving communities to support healthy choices. (Office of the Surgeon General, HHS)
This report provides a comprehensive evaluation of physical activity levels and indicators influencing physical activity among children and youth. (National Physical Activity Plan)
Six one-hour workshops that include lesson plans, learning objectives, talking points, hands-on activities, and handouts. The workshops are designed for community educators, health promoters, dietitians/nutritionists, cooperative extension agents, and others to teach to adults in a wide variety of community settings. (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, HHS (ODPHP))
Nationwide quality improvement initiative that brings together public health, primary care and other community sectors (such as schools, parks, agriculture, housing, transportation and business), for the prevention and treatment of individuals with overweight and obesity. (National Initiative for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ))
Comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.
Interactive after-school education program for young people ages 11 to 13. It is designed to help teach them about the complex media world around them, and how it can affect their health, especially in the areas of nutrition and physical activity. (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH (NICHD))
Publications, archived webinars, state case studies, and other resources to support implementation of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))
National, multicultural, social marketing campaign that encourages young people ages 9-13 years to be physically active every day. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
Provides information on childhood obesity including statistics, health effects, and prevention strategies. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
Data and information on childhood obesity. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
Information to help understand hunger and obesity and the role for school-based health care. (American Public Health Association (APHA))
Collection of articles, educational materials, and other information resources on the topic of childhood obesity for educators and researchers. (Food and Nutrition Information Center, National Agricultural Library (FNIC))
Agenda and presentations from an IOM workshop that examined childhood obesity prevention through the lens of working to achieve health equity. (Institute of Medicine (IOM))
Outlines evidence-based strategies for preventing obesity in children under five. (Institute of Medicine (IOM))
Consumer information for managing children's weight.
Information to assist local elected officials in efforts to reduce childhood obesity (National League of Cities)
Information and resources about childhood obesity. (American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP))
Health information on healthy weight for teens. (Nemours Foundation US)
Issue brief that describes the childhood obesity epidemic and discusses the emergence of chronic disease in children, specifically diabetes and hypertension. The issue brief also identifies strategies and resources to help local health departments (LHDs) address this public health challenge in their communities. Free registration is required for access. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))
Maternal and Child Health Library, Georgetown University A selection of current, high-quality resources about the identification, prevention, management, and treatment of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents.
Information for parents, consumers, and health professionals to help understand and cope with childhood obesity. (National Library of Medicine (NLM) U.S.)
Includes data and statistics on adult and childhood obesity, U.S. obesity trends, and related resources. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
Recent data on adult obesity gathered from CDC's national monitoring systems. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
This report summarizes recent data on youth and overweight. (Child Trends)
U.S. data on obesity and overweight. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
This database provides both national and sub-national adult underweight, overweight and obesity prevalence rates by country, year of survey and gender. (World Health Organization (WHO))
The NCCOR Measures Registry is a searchable database of diet and physical activity measures relevant to childhood obesity research. The purpose of this registry is to promote the consistent use of common measures and research methods across childhood obesity prevention and research at the individual, community, and population levels. (National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR))
The Catalogue provides one-stop access to a large number of systems, which provide a unique window on obesity-related policies and environmental factors as well as trends in relevant health behaviors, outcomes, and determinants. (National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR))
Maps depicting the prevalence of obesity for all U.S. states based on Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data. The site also provides obesity data maps by state and territory, PowerPoint slides, and information about the data methodology and previous years. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
Analysis of obesity rates based on data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). This resource includes interactive maps, data snapshots of state obesity rankings, and policy approaches for preventing and reducing obesity. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Trust for America's Health (TFAH))
Information on obesity and overweight in women from the data book, Women's Health USA. (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))
Practice policy statements, public policy statements, position statements, and patient education statements consistent with scientific principles of the discipline of preventive medicine. (American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM))
Information to assist local elected officials in efforts to reduce childhood obesity (National League of Cities)
Publications and resources designed to provide state legislators with concise, up-to-date information on obesity. (Council of State Governments (CSG) US)
The National Health Policy Forum is a participant-driven, nonpartisan information exchange program that works to foster more informed government decision making. (George Washington University)
Policy briefs and research on obesity in California. (UCLA Center for Health Policy Research)
The Foundation funds independent scientific research examining the role of metabolism and nutrition in obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's Disease and other serious health concerns confronting our society today.
This website provides links to funding opportunities generated by NCCOR members and others, such as universities and nonprofit organizations (National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR))
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) conducts and supports basic and clinical research on many of the most serious diseases affecting public health. (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK))
Summaries of national, state, and regional funding programs related to obesity. (Rural Assistance Center (RAC))
Education and training opportunities are essential in developing obesity interventions. TRAIN, the nation's premier learning management network for public health professionals and volunteers, offers local, state, and national trainings that can be used in developing obesity prevention and education initiatives. (Public Health Foundation (PHF))
Webcast course on obesity that includes training materials and course notes. (University of North Carolina (UNC) Gillings School of Global Public Health)
February 23-24, 2015, Washington, DC. The Congress will provide an opportunity to contribute to the 2015 version of the National Physical Activity Plan and work with national leaders to identify and discuss ways to implement initiatives outlined in the Plan. (National Physical Activity Plan)
February 25-27, 2015, Washington, DC. The Building a Healthier Future Summit is a gathering of health experts, policy makers, and business and industry leaders committed to ending childhood obesity. (Partnership for a Healthier America)
June 29 - July 2, 2015, San Diego, CA. The conference will be an opportunity for professionals dedicated to combating pediatric obesity/overweight to share and discuss emerging research, best practices, community-based efforts and effective policy strategies that promote and sustain healthy eating and physical activity practices for children, adolescents and their families. (California Department of Health)