- Childhood obesity has risen to epidemic levels in our nation, with serious health consequences. Children with obesity face a heightened risk for many serious and chronic health conditions during their youth, including type 2 diabetes, sleep disorders, and risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Type 2 diabetes, for example, was once a disease of older adults, but, fueled by obesity, now increasingly strikes teens and younger children. Even more alarmingly, this disease is more aggressive and difficult to treat in young people, putting them at risk for a lifetime of devastating complications.
- In the past 15 years, researchers, practitioners, and community residents and leaders have become increasingly interested in associations among built environments and physical activity, diet, and obesity. Numerous tools to measure activity and food environments have been developed but vary in quality and usability. Future progress depends on aligning these tools with new communication technology and increasing their utility for planning and policy.
- The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR; www.nccor.org ) is a partnership among four major funders of childhood obesity research: the CDC, the NIH, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Established in 2009, NCCOR focuses on improving the efficiency, effectiveness, and application of research through enhanced coordination and collaboration, in order to reduce rates of childhood obesity in the U.S.