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Childhood Obesity Coalition

Childhood Obesity Coalition

The Childhood Obesity Coalition was started in October 2008 led by East Tennessee Children's Hospital. Since then, the Coalition has grown to include more than 50 community agencies and organizations represented by over 130 individuals. The Coalition's mission is to improve the health of children through a community-wide coalition focusing on reducing the incidence of childhood obesity. The vision is to become one of America's fittest cities- a lofty goal which uses an ecological approach of interventions at all levels: individual, family, neighborhood, business, and rules and law. The goal is to reverse the trend of obesity, defined as >95.0 age and gender specific BMI percentile, among children. The Coalition's work is undertaken by three committees: Advocacy, Assessment and Outreach. We invite you or your organization to join a committee or participate in a variety of other ways. Working together we can improve the health of children and families.

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East Tennessee Children's Hospital
P.O. Box 15010-5010
Knoxville, TN 37901
865-541-8218
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Join the Obesity Coalition

Download our membership application form to join the Child Obesity Coalition.


Download Membership Application

Facts About Childhood Obesity

Overweight and obesity projections in America Adults and Children (2010-2048)


Childhood Obesity Chart

A child who is overweight before the age of 8 is at risk for severe adult obesity.

  • 80% of children overweight at age 10-15 were obese adults at age 25
  • 25% of obese adults were overweight as children
  • 33.1% of Knox County students are overweight or obese

Obese children and adolescents have an increased risk for:

  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Dyslipidemia
  • Stroke, Liver & Gallbladder Disease
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gynecological problems
  • Cancers (breast, endometrial & colon)

BMI Calculator

BMI means"body mass index" and it is a calculation using a person's weight and height if that person is an adult. For children, the gender and age is also considered. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides this calculator to help you determine BMI and the corresponding BMI-for-age percentile on a CDC BMI-for-age growth chart.

Use this calculator for children and teens, age 2-19 years old: http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/dnpabmi/


Coalition Strategies to Fight Childhood Obesity

  1. Work with individuals, families, clinical settings, schools, communities and government to identify, manage, and ultimately, prevent childhood obesity in the community.
  2. Create interventions and models for improvement that can be replicated throughout Tennessee and the nation.
  3. Perform research to learn more about the success of obesity prevention and treatment efforts.
  4. Partner with national experts to improve the care of children who are overweight and obese.
  5. Reduce childhood obesity by promoting policy change.
  6. Build awareness and educate the public about the problem of childhood obesity.
  7. Catalyze partnerships and encourage collaboration among existing community resources.
  8. Plant seeds of information and build momentum for action without being proscriptive.
  9. Ensure strategies emphasize policy and environmental changes and not just individual and family efforts.
  10. Research and provide culturally competent educational materials.
  11. Serve as a forum for speakers.
  12. Engage in outreach and media campaign.
  13. Support the creation of programs and existing programs with similar missions.
  14. Identify funding opportunities to support ongoing efforts.
  15. Facilitate opportunities for organizations and agencies of a like mind to partner on programs and activities that promote healthy lifestyle choices.

Resources for Professionals, Parents and Kids

Click here for a list of links and resources for more information about fighting childhood obesity.