A White House task force on childhood obesity is seeking opinions on how the industry can help battle the problem.

In a request for comments published in the Federal Register March 16, the task force —comprised of leaders from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education — asked for recommendations on public and private sector actions that can be taken to solve the problem.

The notice asks for input on several questions, including what specific recommendations would help parents reduce the risk of childhood obesity.

Comments are requested by March 26 and can be made electronically at www.regulations.gov.

On Feb. 9, President Obama created the Task Force on Childhood Obesity, directing federal agencies to create a comprehensive interagency national action plan to solve the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation.

The task force was asked to focus on four key principles:

  • improving access to healthy, affordable food;
  • increasing physical activity in schools and communities;
  • providing healthier food in schools; and
  • empowering parents with information and tools to make good choices for themselves and their families.