CHILDHOOD OBESITY: A SPECIAL REPORT

How we got here

How we got here

Political and economic forces have literally shaped our increasingly heavy children.

A doctor’s take on childhood obesity

A doctor’s take on childhood obesity

Overweight starts as a lifestyle issue but often ends as a medical problem: What should doctors do?

Fighting obesity, one child at a time

Fighting obesity, one child at a time

Nonprofit group teaches kids how to lose weight — and keep it off.

Schooled in healthful foods

Schooled in healthful foods

School cafeterias and vending machines will become more fat- and sugar-free in effort to battle bulge.

 

Obesity a reality in Philadelphia says Mayor Michael Nutter

Obesity a reality in Philadelphia says Mayor Michael Nutter

In the city that invented Philly cheesesteaks, the numbers surrounding childhood obesity are turning around. Mayor Michael Nutter cites an early fight by many of the city's actors zeroing in on sources like vending machines.
Lisa Harrison's 'ask' for speaking at health fairs

Lisa Harrison's 'ask' for speaking at health fairs

"Health fairs are fine. But what are you going to do afterward to promote good health?" That's Granville Vance District health director Lisa Harrison's when asked to speak at various public health conferences. Harrison spoke at Washington Post Live's 2013 Childhood Obesity conference
Michelle Kwan: 'It's about personal fitness goals'

Michelle Kwan: 'It's about personal fitness goals'

Olympian and President’s Fitness Council member Michelle Kwan recounts her training regime for the Olympics and givees life advice to young people dealing with everyday stresses. “Life isn’t only smooth sailing. You have to keep it simple,” she said to Washington Post Live editor Mary Jordan at the 2013 Childhood Obesity Summit.
A personal story: 17-year-old Hunter Willis lost 100 pounds

A personal story: 17-year-old Hunter Willis lost 100 pounds

Hunter Willis, 17, lost 100 pounds at MindStream Academy. ”For me, it was a lack of family structure,” he told Washington Post Live editor Mary Jordan about why he was overweight. Willis recounted his personal struggle at the 2013 Childhood Obesity Summit, as well as advice he'd give young people dealing with the same stresses.
Quincy Jones III: Health is the new wealth

Quincy Jones III: Health is the new wealth

Shawn Ullman is the co-founder and CEO of Feel Rich, Inc., a multicultural health and wellness media company. Quincy D. Jones III, Ullman’s partner, has recorded and remixed tracks for Prince, Tupac, Ice Cube, L.L. Cool J. and Lionel Ritchie, among others. Ullman and Jones say the work they do, producing music videos on health education, creates for a level of consciousness of the obesity crisis in the music and rap industry. "We take these statistics, a personal story about heart disease, and put a spin on it,” Ullman said. “Health, the new status symbol of wealth.”
CDC: 'We've seen incredible progress' on childhood obesity

CDC: 'We've seen incredible progress' on childhood obesity

Dr. Janet Collins is the director of the Centers for Disease Control’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity. "When we look at the data, what is inspiring the health care costs, there's no question that obesity is a dire issue," she said at Washington Post Live's 2013 Childhood Obesity Summit. Collins highlights success across the country, in schools as well as in breast-feeding pushes and more playable and walkable infrastructure.
Childhood Obesity 2013 Summit Sponsor Remarks

Childhood Obesity 2013 Summit Sponsor Remarks

Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey is president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition."After decades of nothing but bad news, we're finally seeing some progress," she said at Washington Post Live's 2013 Childhood Obesity Summit.