Del Norte County: A Look at Childhood Obesity, 2013

Childhood obesity has become one of the most pressing public health issues. An extensive body of research shows that being overweight or obese is associated with multiple diseases and high health care costs. Del Norte County and the adjacent tribal lands is one of fourteen places in California participating in Building Healthy Communities, a ten-year initiative of The California Endowment. The goal of BHC is to “support the development of communities where kids and youth are healthy, safe and ready to learn.”6 One of the big results the initiative is aiming for is a decrease in childhood obesity. This report was prepared to provide some baseline information about childhood obesity in Del Norte County.

Jessica Van Arsdale, MD, MPH

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