Childhood Obesity Prevention in the US: Progress, Pitfalls and Lessons Learned | Duke Kunshan University
Childhood Obesity Prevention in the US: Progress, Pitfalls and Lessons Learned
Speaker: 
Mary Story, Ph.D., R.D.

Mary Story, Ph.D., R.D. is a Professor in Community and Family Medicine, and Global Health at Duke University, and is the Associate Director of Academic Programs at the Duke Global Health Institute.

Mar 25th 2015 12:00 to 13:30
Room 1103, Conference Center

About The Lecture

In less than a generation, rates of childhood obesity have risen dramatically worldwide. Over the past four decades, obesity rates in the United States have more than quadrupled among children ages 6 to 11, more than tripled among adolescents ages 12 to 19, and more than doubled among children ages 2 to 5. Today, nearly one in three young people in the US are either overweight or obese. Although child obesity rates have started to level off in some US cities and states, there has been an increase in obesity in low and middle income countries.  Obesity poses serious medical and health implications for children and it is a known risk factor for high blood pressure, raised glucose intolerance and early atherosclerosis. This presentation will focus on contributing factors related to child obesity risk, and environmental and policy approaches used in the US to reduce child obesity, lessons learned over the last decade and future directions.

About The Speaker

Mary Story, Ph.D., R.D. is a Professor in Community and Family Medicine, and Global Health at Duke University, and is the Associate Director of Academic Programs at the Duke Global Health Institute. Her research has focused primarily on nutrition and diet-related issues of low-income and minority youth and their families, and environmental and behavioral prevention interventions for youth. Dr. Story has conducted several NIH funded school and community-based obesity prevention trials. She has over 430 scientific publications in the area of child and adolescent nutrition and obesity. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine and is currently on the IOM Food and Nutrition Board and Co-Vice Chair of the IOM Roundtable on Obesity Solutions.  She served on the USDHHS/USDA 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the Policy and Prevention Steering Group, World Obesity Federation. She has received several awards for her research and work including the CDC, Weight of the Nation 2012 Pioneering Innovation Award for Applied Obesity Research and most recently the 2014 Bar-Or Award for Excellence in Pediatric Obesity Research from The Obesity Society.