Statement of Task
An ad hoc committee will review factors related to overweight and obesity in infants, toddlers, and preschool children (birth to 5 years), with a focus on nutrition, physical activity, and sedentary behavior; identify gaps in knowledge; and make recommendations on early childhood obesity prevention policies, taking into account the differences between children birth to 2 years old and 2 to 5 years old.
In conducting its task, this committee will:
The primary audience of the report includes decision makers and stakeholders who have the opportunity to influence the environments in which young children develop and grow.
judgment, and have the potential to make a positive contribution to the implementation of the committee’s recommendations.
In developing its recommendations, the committee recognized that parents and families have the greatest influence on the development and behaviors that shape health outcomes in children from birth to age 5. Parents and families make decisions and take actions that determine their children’s daily schedule and routines. They provide and coordinate their children’s feeding, activity, and sleep and can determine their exposure to marketing and television. Making regular visits to