Weight Management for Youth

Nutrition and the Health of Young People

DHHS. CDC. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Facts and statistics about the status of child and adolescent nutrition in the United States. Also in PDF|85 KB.

Let's Move!

The White House; Department of Health and Human Services; U.S. Department of Agriculture; Department of Education.

A nationwide campaign to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity by providing schools, parents, and communities with tools to help kids be active, eat better, and get healthy.

Childhood Obesity Resources

USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.

Find tips for parents, kid friendly sites to help youth combat childhood obesity, nutrition education resources, statistics and more.

Fuel Up to Play Image Fuel Up to Play 60

National Dairy Council; National Football League; United States Department of Agriculture.

Fuel Up to Play 60 empowers youth to take action to improve nutrition and physical activity at their school and for their own health.

Composite picture of teen soccer player, food, and scale Body Mass Index: About BMI for Children and Teens

DHHS. CDC. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Explains how Body Mass Index (BMI) is used differently in children than in adults and provides information on calculating and interpreting BMI for children and teens.

Reading Food Labels Image 8 Healthy Eating Goals

President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

Small changes can make a big difference to your health. This pages offers eight goals for healthy eating challenging users to try incorporating at least six into their diet.

BAM! Body and Mind Image BAM! Body and Mind

DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Designed for kids 9-13 years old, BAM! provides information to help them make healthy lifestyle choices. The site uses games, quizzes, and other interactive features to teach kids about topics such as food and nutrition, physical activity, and general safety.

Helping Kids Fight Obesity: Best Online Info Sources (PDF | 778 KB)

USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

Selected by a registered dietitian, a review of the best Web resources that help kids avoid obesity by encouraging healthy habits and behaviors.

Helping Your Overweight Child

DHHS. NIH. NIDDK. Weight-control Information Network.

Information for parents to help their children develop a healthy body image and learn healthy eating and physical activity habits. Also in PDF|2.2 MB.

Healthy Youth! Health Topics: Childhood Overweight

DHHS. CDC. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Provides facts about overweight among young people, including several statistics, and information on determining the body mass index of children and adolescents as well as strategies for healthy eating and including physical activity.

MyPlate for Children

USDA. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

Child-friendly version of MyPyramid, USDA's food guidance system. Developed to help motivate children 6-11 years old make healthy food choices and be physically active every day.

Girlshealth.gov Body Mass Index Calculator

DHHS. OWH. National Women's Health Information Center.

Provides a BMI calculator for girls ages 10-16, and offers instructions on how to interpret the results.

National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR)

National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research.

A collaboration among CDC, NIH, USDA, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) aimed at accelerating research progress to stop and reverse childhood obesity in America. Includes:

Group of teens Take Charge of Your Health: A Guide for Teenagers!

DHHS. NIH. NIDDK. Weight-control Information Network.

Provides information on weight control, physical activity, healthy food choices and dietary guidelines for adolescents. Also in PDF|1 MB.

Weight Management and Obesity Resource List (PDF | 285 KB)

USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.

Includes resources for children and adolescents.

Weighty Issues for Kids: Taking Aim at Childhood Obesity

NIH. Word on Health.

Discusses reasons for the rising obesity rates in children, and provides resources and suggestions for helping them maintain a healthy weight.

Eat Smart. Play Hard.™ Healthy Lifestyle

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Provides tips and suggestions for parents and caregivers on making smart choices, being more physically active and acting as a role model for children. Includes links to interactive tools.