Obesity has become a critical health issue over recent decades. Obesity complicates existing health problems, creates increased risks for disease and other health conditions, and can substantially reduce length and quality of life. The adverse outcomes of obesity can occur throughout a person’s lifetime, from childhood to adulthood. Despite this, there is often little focus on obesity among very young children, ages 0 to 5 years.
This report highlights the task force’s recommendations that address barriers and ensure systems and services are available to improve the physical and nutritional health of young children and their families.