Why we need local, state, and national policy-based approaches to improve children's nutrition in the united states

Book Section

Government agencies have the authority to improve public health through laws and policies. Childhood obesity is one of the most pressing health issues today, and government policies are a critical strategy to improve children's nutrition and health. This chapter reviews evidence-based policies that can be implemented at local, state, and federal levels to improve children's nutrition and weight. We discuss (a) why policy change may be more cost-effective and impactful than programs aimed at individuals; (b) how to strengthen federal child-feeding programs; and (c) which policies have potential to improve and change food industry practices.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lott, M; Schwartz, M; Story, M; Brownell, KD

Published Date

  • January 1, 2018

Book Title

  • Contemporary Endocrinology

Start / End Page

  • 731 - 755

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/978-3-319-68192-4_42

Citation Source

  • Scopus