Childhood Obesity

Over the past three decades, childhood obesity has been on the rise. We evaluate obesity prevention efforts in schools, communities, and programs such as Head Start. We also study the link between childhood obesity and children's diets, including foods consumed in school. In particular, we have studied competitive foods—items of minimal nutritional quality sold in schools that compete with school meals and contribute to children’s calorie intakes. Our staff has also assessed the food intake patterns of infants and toddlers, and investigated the trend toward larger portion sizes in restaurant and packaged foods.

Our Work