Overweight Among Children

About 1 in 5 Orange County children from low-income families is overweight. Children who are overweight have a higher probability of carrying excess weight into adulthood. Overweight adults are at greater risk for a variety of chronic diseases such as Type II diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

(Bar chart 1:About 1 in 5 Orange County children from low-income families is overweight. Children who are overweight have a higher probability of carrying excess weight into adulthood. Overweight adults are at greater risk for a variety of chronic diseases such as Type II diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.)

The countywide Children and Weight Task Force was established in January 2000 in response to the increasing number of local children who are overweight or at risk for becoming overweight. The group is working with the community to improve nutrition, fitness, weight management options and policy issues directed towards children.

If you need further information or can help with healthy weight promotion activities, please call Nutrition Services at (714) 834-7984 or e-mail drobinson@ochca.com.

Nutrition Services & ProjectLEAN

Healthy eating and physical activity increase the quality of life! With dedication, Nutrition Services will work with Orange County communities to enact changes that support healthy eating and physical activity. We believe that prevention is the most cost-effective approach to reducing chronic disease among low-income populations especially those served by the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Program.

Nationwide, diet and physical activity patterns have resulted in an epidemic of overweight and obese adolescents, placing youth at risk for chronic illnesses such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, high-blood pressure, and some cancers. Obesity now affects one in five children in the United States.

Poor diet and inadequate physical activity are the second leading cause of death in the United States and together account for at least 300,000 deaths annually.

In collaboration with Project Lean, the County of Orange, Health Care Agency, Nutrition Services is promoting healthier communities by:

  • Promoting policy/environmental changes that support healthy eating and physical activity.
  • Educating Orange County residents to choose healthier foods and be more physically active.
  • Serving as leaders coordinating local efforts promoting nutrition and physical activity through the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Program.

About Project Lean

California Project LEAN (CPL) was one of ten programs nationwide selected as part of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation's 1987 public awareness campaign to promote low-fat eating in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1991, CPL expanded statewide to 10 Regions. The goal was to reach California's diverse communities through programs conducted by local physical activity and nutrition leaders.

In 1997, CPL was established as the Network for a Healthy California's (Network) lead agency for community outreach. The Network is a social marketing campaign for healthy eating and physical activity among lower income families. CPL works with 10 regional coordinators to promote campaign messages through the media, grocery stores and other community channels. The program's primary target is multiethnic, underserved high school students. The secondary target includes families, school staff, community leaders and policy makers.

View additional resources related to children and weight issues.

View a list of Internet resources related to general nutrition information.

(Line graph 1:*Data from the Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) Program, Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System -CDCE)

*Data from the Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) Program, Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System - CDCE