|Título||Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies|
|Publication Type||Web Article|
|Year of Publication||2011|
|Corporate Authors||Institute of Medicine|
|Access Date||2012 Dec 3|
|Publisher||The National Academies Press|
Childhood obesity is a serious health problem that has adverse and long-lasting consequences for individuals, families, and communities. The magnitude of the problem has increased dramatically during the last three decades and, despite some indications of a plateau in this growth, the numbers remain stubbornly high. Efforts to prevent childhood obesity to date have focused largely on school-aged children, with relatively little attention to children under age 5. However, there is a growing awareness that efforts to prevent childhood obesity must begin before children ever enter the school system.