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Feeding Our Children Nutritious Foods Should Be the Easiest of Decisions

"Health and Well-Being Matter," the monthly blog from the Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, addresses the critical issue of childhood obesity in the U.S. Shockingly, nearly 1 in 5 children and adolescents are affected by obesity, with rates rising during the pandemic and showing no signs of improvement.


The heart of the epidemic lies in unhealthy dietary habits, with children consuming too few fruits and vegetables while indulging in calorie-rich, nutritionally deficient foods. Despite efforts outlined in Healthy People 2030 objectives, the situation remains dire, with little progress seen in improving dietary habits. Urgent action is needed to reverse these trends and safeguard the health of future generations. Read the blog here.