2019 Southern Obesity Summit: A Transformed Approach to Prevention

2019 Southern Obesity Summit: A Transformed Approach to Prevention


I became involved with obesity
prevention about 15 years ago in 2004 when I worked at the Institute of
Medicine in Washington, DC. I staffed several expert committees that were
convened to advise the government on how to address the growing child obesity
epidemic in the United States. During that time I was there, I staffed three
National Academy of Medicine reports and while there’s been a lot of efforts
around the country in the 15 years to address obesity in adults and children,
about two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese and about a third of
children are overweight or obese. We haven’t halted or reversed that problem.
We’ve made some good efforts but we still have a lot of work to do to
transform our culture, policies, environments, and systems so that they’re
healthy for everyone. My thinking about obesity and how I frame problems are
much more holistic and multi-sectoral and global.
From the people I’ve worked with in the US and other countries who’ve influenced
how I think about it within the context of other global public health and public
policy challenges.

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