Navigation Links
What is really causing the child obesity epidemic?
Date:4/29/2012

BOSTON -- One of the biggest health problems facing children today is pediatric obesity. Getting to the core of what is causing obesity and how the U.S. can tackle this problem is the focus of a topic symposium at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Boston.

The symposium, "The Development of Our Obesogenic Environment: How Did We Get Here and How Do We Get Out?" will take place on Monday, April 30, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. ET at the Sheraton Boston Hotel Grand Ballroom.

Pediatric health experts will tackle the roles played by social and economic structures, the quality of the food supply, and the influence of the food industry in the obesity epidemic. In addition, the dilemma of whether to view extreme cases of pediatric obesity as a form of parental medical neglect will be discussed. Each presentation will focus on public health policy and how adjustments to these policies may contribute to, and ultimately, help turn the tide in the pediatric obesity epidemic.

"This symposium will provide a unique perspective of how political, cultural, and market influences have contributed to our pediatric obesity problem," said Brandon M. Nathan, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, University of Minnesota. "The audience will leave with a new-found appreciation for the importance of public health policy in the origins and solutions for the epidemic of pediatric obesity. I hope this symposium raises attendees' awareness of their potential roles as public health advocates in their own communities and beyond."

The session will take place 3:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. and include:

3:30 p.m. - Stopping Obesity: A Public Health Perspective
Deb Cohen, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA

4:00 p.m. - The Impact of Dietary Composition to Childhood Obesity
Cara Ebbeling, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA

4:30 p.m. - The Economic Engine of Pediatric Obesity: How the Food Industry Has Helped Shape the Obesity Epidemic and the Role of Government Policy in Curbing Its Past and Future Influence
Inas Rashad Kelly, Queens College of the City University of New York, Flushing, NY

5:00 p.m. - Pediatric Morbid Obesity Constitute a Form of Medical Neglect? The Case for and Against Legal Intervention
Norman Fost, University of Wisconsin Hospital, Madison, WI


'/>"/>
Contact: Debbie Jacobson
djacobson@aap.org
847-434-7084
American Academy of Pediatrics
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Are we really a nation of animal lovers?
2. Are nuisance jellyfish really taking over the worlds oceans?
3. What really happened prior to Snowball Earth?
4. Is sustainability science really a science?
5. The body rids itself of damage when it really matters
6. Specialized seeds can really float your boat
7. Study finds that overweight people really are big-boned
8. Does fluoride really fight cavities by the skin of the teeth?
9. Natural (born) killers: What do they really do?
10. Home and away: Are invasive plant species really that special?
11. Love hurts: Why emotional pain really affects us
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/30/2017)... June 30, 2017 Today, American Trucking ... supplier of face and eye tracking software, became ... provider program. "Artificial intelligence and ... to monitor a driver,s attentiveness levels while on ... able to detect fatigue and prevent potential accidents, ...
(Date:5/16/2017)... , May 16, 2017  Veratad Technologies, LLC ( ... online age and identity verification solutions, announced today they ... Conference 2017, May 15 thru May 17, 2017, in ... and International Trade Center. Identity impacts ... and in today,s quickly evolving digital world, defining identity ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... ALBANY, New York , April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... highly competitive, as its vendor landscape is marked by ... in the market is however held by five major ... and Safran. Together these companies accounted for nearly 61% ... majority of the leading companies in the global military ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... October 10, 2017 , ... ... targeted antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) therapeutics, today confirmed licensing rights that give it ... Nanoparticle), a technology developed in collaboration with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... October 10, 2017 , ... ... optimization firm for the life sciences and healthcare industries, announces a presentation by ... Francisco. , The presentation, “Automating GxP Validation for Agile Cloud Platforms,” will present ...
(Date:10/9/2017)... ... October 09, 2017 , ... The Giving Tree ... products targeting the needs of consumers who are incorporating medical marijuana into their ... Phoenix, Arizona. , As operators of two successful Valley dispensaries, The Giving Tree’s ...
(Date:10/6/2017)... Mass. (PRWEB) , ... October 06, 2017 , ... ... female entrepreneurship within the healthcare and technology sector at their fourth annual Conference ... panels featuring 30 inspiring speakers and the ELEVATE pitch competition showcasing early stage ...
Breaking Biology Technology: