In this issue of Pediatrics, Madsen et al report the significant race-based disparities in changes in the prevalence of high BMI among adolescents in California. As the authors point out, these findings highlight the urgent need to address the childhood obesity epidemic. This year, 3 events have occurred at a national level that hold promise: the Let's Move campaign (www.letsmove.gov); the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HR 3590); and the recent White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity report.

These events provide an opportunity for pediatric providers to consider the contributions they can make to addressing the epidemic. The American Academy of Pediatrics has joined the Let's Move campaign and reaffirmed its goals for pediatricians to measure BMI at every well-child visit and to provide a “prescription for healthy, active living.” Setting these goals was an important step, because recent data indicate that...

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