Health Science Frontiers Forum “The Childhood Obesity Epidemic: Who Owns It?” Held May 15
Join the public conversation on May 15 at the WOSU@COSI studios, 333 West Broad St, from 7pm to 8:30pm.
Moderated by Mandie Trimble of WOSU NPR News, the forum will feature panelists:
Ihuoma U. Eneli, MD, Medical Director of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Center for Healthy Weight & Nutrition;
Dina L.G. Borzekowski, EdD, Research Professor at the University of Maryland of School of Public Health;
Jacqueline Broderick-Patton MA, RN, Wellness Initiative Coordinator at Columbus City Schools; and
Autumn Trombetta, MS, RD, LD, Chronic Disease Prevention, Columbus Public Health.
The event is free and open to the general public with seating beginning at 6:30pm.
There is a health epidemic among our children creating a substantial impact on their health, life satisfaction, and lifespan, yet nothing has effectively stemmed the tide. Obesity has flourished among the youngest members of our society with nearly 13 million children in the United States ranking as obese, and rates among children tripling over the last 40 years. In turn, four out of five of these children will grow up to be obese adults with a substantially increased risk of diabetes, stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and a shortened life expectancy by six to seven years.
Ohio has the 14th highest obesity rate in the country among children 10-17 years old. Yet Ohio has not addressed this problem as aggressively as other states.
Where does the responsibility lie for combatting childhood obesity?
Fingers have been pointed in all directions, including parents, schools, doctors, daycare providers, food producers, the restaurant industry, and public policies. But what role does each of these authorities have in making sure that our youngest have the fullest lives possible? What are the best means to prevent our children from becoming obese, or to help them if they already are? What resources are available for parents and others? How does the information environment shaped by media and marketing impact this problem – and how can we navigate it in order to help our children live healthier lives?
Health Science Frontiers is funded by a generous grant from the Ohio State University Office of Outreach & Engagement and by The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital. It is organized in partnership between the OSU School of Communication, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, WOSU@COSI, and the Center of Science & Industry.