Sonoma County Maternal Child and Adolescent Health

The Importance of Understanding Obesity

accessible and unbiased information about the harms of weight bias

Why do we say Someone IS Obese but they HAVE Cancer?

Obesity is a disease, not a personal attribute

Although obesity is highly prevalent and widely known, misconceptions abound and can cause real harm to those living with the disease. To address this misinformation, STOP created a messaging framework called Understanding Obesity, which features accessible and unbiased information about the harms of weight bias, as well as guidance on destigmatizing the language used to discuss obesity.

The CDC reports rates of BMI increase more than doubled during the pandemic for children age 2-19

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends assessing children for the onset of obesity related risk factors, including screening for client and family stress, disordered eating, and social determinants of health including food security.

Did you know an ACE score can be a risk factor

for Obesity?

From Crisis to Opportunity

Check out the RWJ Publication:

From Crisis to Opportunity: Reforming Our Nation's Policies to Help All Children Grow Up Healthy For the latest Data, Stories and Perspectives on Childhood Obesity.

Yes, Food Insecurity Can Cause Obesity

The Redwood Area Food Bank

Has an online 'Food Finder' for local food banks including groceries to go, hot meals, and help with

CalFresh Applications.

AND resources for Pet Food, Diapers, High Risk Populations and other Economic Assistance.

Resources for a Healthy Lifestyle:

Want a deeper dive?

Join Trust for America's Health on November 10 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am for a virtual congressional briefing and national webinar:

State of Obesity 2021: Better Policies for a Healthier America

The briefing will explore how social and economic factors linked to obesity were exacerbated by the pandemic.

Register Now

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