Obesity Action Coalition Updates Childhood Obesity Series With BMI-for-age Percentile Charts

Friday, November 21, 2008 General News J E 4
TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 20 The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is pleased to announce the update of one of its most popular educational pieces - the "Understanding Childhood Obesity" brochure and poster.

This free resource now features the widely and commonly used body mass index (BMI)-for-age percentile charts. The brochure provides an in-depth look at childhood obesity, the causes, concerns, how to determine your child's BMI-for-age percentile and treatment options. The poster is ideal to be displayed in schools, physician offices, community centers, etc., and draws attention to the rising childhood obesity epidemic. The poster features a large BMI-for-age percentile chart so that you can find where a child's percentile falls.

"Quite often we receive phone calls at the OAC from concerned parents who just received their child's BMI score from the school, but aren't sure what exactly it means. The 'Understanding Childhood Obesity' series, in conjunction with our subsequent childhood obesity materials, helps parents, caregivers and loved ones better understand their child's BMI," said Joseph Nadglowski, Jr., OAC President and CEO.

For the first time ever, we are seeing children develop Type 2 diabetes at an alarming rate, and only 8 percent of elementary schools and less than 7 percent of middle and high schools have daily physical education requirements in the U.S. "These facts should be eye-opening to any parent concerned with their child's health and wellbeing. It is the goal of the OAC to help parents better understand this epidemic and provide them with the necessary education to combat childhood obesity," said Nadglowski.

For more information on childhood obesity or to order the "Understanding Childhood Obesity" brochure or poster free of charge, please visit or contact the OAC National Office at (800) 717-3117 or An online version may also be viewed and downloaded on the OAC Web site.

The mission of the OAC is to elevate and empower those affected by obesity through education, advocacy and support. The OAC strives to educate obese individuals, family members and the public on obesity. In addition, the OAC will increase obesity education, work to improve access to medical treatments for the obese, advocate for safe and effective treatments and strive to eliminate the negative stigma associated with obesity.

SOURCE Obesity Action Coalition


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