Help Reduce Childhood Obesity

Infographic: Childhood Obesity

Infographic describing childhood obesity in America

Infographic Description

The Weight-control Information Network's "What's Your Next Move? Help Reduce Childhood Obesity" infographic starts with a call for action and has three sections.

The Call for Action is text that says, "As a parent or caregiver, you can do a lot to help your child get to and stay at a healthy weight. Start making healthy changes for you and your child today."

Section One: Know the Facts

It has a graphic with the outlines of three children, one of which is overweight. Next to it is this data from the National Health and Examination Survey (NHANES), 2009-2010 from the Centers for Disease Control, "About one-third of children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered overweight or obese." Below, there is a part titled, "Percentage of Youth in the United States with Overweight or Obesity, 2009–2010." It features three bar graphs. The first graph is "Percent By Age Group: Ages 2-19." The first bar shows ages 2-5 at 26.7 percent, the second bar shows ages 6-11 at 32.6 percent, and the third bar shows ages 12-19 at 33.6 percent. The second graph is "Percent By Sex: Ages 2-19." The first bar shows girls at 30.4 percent, the second bar shows boys at 33 percent, and the third bar shows both sexes at 31.8 percent. The third graph is "Percent By Race: Ages 2-19." The first bar shows White at 29 percent, the middle bar shows Black at 41.8 percent, and the third bar shows Hispanic at 41.2 percent. This data is sourced from the NHANES, 2009-2010.

Section Two: Be Active Every Day

It has a circle graphic with the words "Children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day." in the center. The words are sourced to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. The outside of the circle is surrounded by the numbers 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, and 60, positioned as if on a clock face. Outside of the numbers are outlines of six children. The first child rides a bike, the second plays basketball, the third walks a dog, the fourth jumps rope, the fifth plays hopscotch, and the sixth runs. Next to the graphic is this text, "To be healthy your child needs at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Break the time into smaller parts during the day; it all adds up. Here are some fun ways to get active with your child."

Section Three: Eat More Healthy Foods

It has this text, "When you practice healthy eating habits as a family, everyone wins! Help your child get to and stay at a healthy weight by serving more fruits and veggies and setting limits on sugars and fats." Below the text is a graphic of a scale or balance. On the lower side of the scale there are many fruits, vegetables, beans, and other healthy foods piled up. On the higher side of the scale there are candy, butter, sugary drinks, and other unhealthy foods.

Below all three sections of the infographic is a box with this text, "What's Your Next Move? Visit the Weight-control Information Network (WIN) website at to learn more about how to reduce childhood obesity and download a free copy of WIN's recently updated brochure Helping Your Overweight Child."

What's Your Next Move

Under the text box, there is the WIN logo followed by this small-size text:

"The Weight-control Information Network (WIN) is a national information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). WIN provides the general public, health professionals, and the media with science-based, up-to-date, culturally relevant materials and tips. Topics include healthy eating, barriers to physical activity, portion control, and eating and physical activity myths."

Next to this text is a part titled Sources, with this small-size text;