Report Cover: Promoting Healthy Weight for Young Children

Promoting Healthy Weight for Young Children: A Blueprint for Preventing Early Childhood Obesity in North Carolina

Published September 1, 2013

NCIOM Task Force on Early Childhood Obesity Prevention


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.