Professor Andrew Rundle
Department of Epidemiology| Co-Director, Built Environment and Health (BEH) Research Group, Columbia University
Professor William Dietz
Milken Institute School of Public Health| Director, STOP Obesity Alliance, The George Washington University
School of Journalism, Columbia University| ABC News, Moderator
Since 1980, obesity rates in the US among teens ages 12 to 19 has quadrupled, from 5% to 20.6%. Childhood obesity alone is estimated to cost $14 billion annually in direct health expenses and this is only getting worse. There are clear racial and geographical disparities as well: 25.8% of Latino children and 22% of Black children are considered obese compared to 14.1% among non-Hispanic Whites, while 90% states with the highest obesity rates are in the South (90% of the states with the lowest rates are in the West or Northeast). Unlike the diffuse impact of Climate Change, Childhood Obesity has an identifiable and measurable impact directly on those affected. It is a crisis too close to home to ignore.
Is it caused by Public Policy priorities? Cultural shifts in entertainment? Food Industry? Socio-economical forces? Consumerism? Pls join us as our top panelists characterize this epidemic and trace its root to its many causes.
Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University & Cornell Club of Washington, D.C.
Social: 6:00pm to 6:30pm; beer and wine, cheese, fruit, and other light hors d'oeuvres will be served
Talk/Panel Discussion: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Parking: There is limited street parking around the building. Otherwise, the nearest visitor parking garage is at the Science and Engineering Building. The garage entrance is on Eye Street near the 23rd and Eye intersection
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