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The Childhood Obesity Epidemic: Threats and Opportunities

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According to the 2007-2008 NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey), obesity now affects 17% of all children and adolescents in the United States – triple the rate from just one generation ago. America’s obese children are at an alarmingly heightened risk for elevated blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, and becoming obese adults. The financial cost of childhood obesity tips the scales at 3 billion dollars annually.

This session of Public Health Grand Rounds focused on the contributing factors and consequences of childhood obesity, including decreases in physical activity, socio-economic and environmental determinants, and the advertising practices of the food industry, and discussed efforts to reduce the burden of this public health epidemic.

Presented By
Cynthia L. Ogden, PhD, MRP
Epidemiologist, Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
National Center for Health Statistics, CDC
William H. Dietz, MD, PhD
Director, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, Overweight and Obesity
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC
Judith Bell, MPA, BA
President
PolicyLink, Inc.
Victoria W. Rogers, MD
Director, The Kids CO-OP
The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center
Facilitated By
Tanja Popovic, MD, PhD
Scientific Director
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Additional Resources
  • Presentation Slide Deck Cdc-pdf[5.6 MB, 85 pages]
  • Let's Go!External
    Let's Go! is a community-based initiative to promote healthy lifestyle choices for children, youth and families in 12 Greater Portland, Maine communities. The initiative is generating fast growing interest across Maine and across the country. Using the consistent message of 5-2-1-0, Let's Go! works in multiple sectors to increase physical activity and healthy eating.
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