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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Progress in preventing childhood obesity : how do we measure up? / Committee on Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity ; Jeffrey P. Koplan … [et al.], editors.

p. ; cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN-13: 978-0-309-10208-7 (hbk.)

ISBN-10: 0-309-10208-1 (hbk.)

1. Obesity in children—United States—Prevention. 2. Child health services—United States—Evaluation. 3. Nutrition policy—United States—Evaluation. I. Koplan, Jeffrey. II. Institute of Medicine (U.S.). Committee on Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity.

[DNLM: 1. Child. 2. Obesity—prevention & control. WD 210 P964 2007]

RJ399.C6P77 2007

618.92’398—dc22

2006037547

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