Family and Child Health Project

The Problem of Overweight and Obesity

Contextual influences on the development of childhood obesity

It is estimated that approximately 65% of adults living in the U.S. are overweight; almost 31% are obese. Because overweight parents are likely to have overweight children, further increases in childhood obesity are imminent. While the prevalence of overweight and obesity has increased among children from all socioeconomic groups, some groups are disproportionately affected, particularly children living in poverty, and African-American and Hispanic children. The Family and Child Health Project aims to identify various biobehavioral mechanisms that influence the development of obesity in children.