The Role of WIC in Obesity Prevention

The Role of WIC in Obesity Prevention Curr Pediatr Rep (2017) 5:132–141 DOI 10.1007/s40124-017-0135-6 OBESITY (S ARMSTRONG AND A PATEL, SECTION EDITORS) 1 2 1 3 Maria Koleilat & Shannon E. Whaley & Kristine B. Esguerra & Jackson P. Sekhobo Published online: 1 July 2017 Springer Science + Business Media New York 2017 Abstract influence the mother’s nutritional knowledge and her and her Purpose of Review This paper seeks to answer the following child’s dietary intake and behaviors in a positive way. two questions: (1) Is participation in the Supplemental Summary Given the wide reach of the program and the high Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) quality of height/weight measurements taken by the WIC pro- associated with changes in obesity and overweight? and (2) gram, WIC has the potential to capitalize upon the early crit- What obesity prevention interventions in the WIC setting may ical periods of development to reduce the incidence of over- be most effective for obesity prevention? weight and obesity in a substantial proportion of low-income Recent Findings The available evidence supports the concep- women and children. tualization of the role of WIC in obesity prevention across the . . life course, with suggested impacts/influence on gestational Keywords WIC Obesity Current Pediatrics Reports Springer Journals

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