We’ve known for years that childhood obesity is one of the greatest health challenges facing the U.S. Certainly there has been enormous effort and resources spent to stem this epidemic—and we are beginning to see some signs of a payoff. In the past few years, rates of childhood obesity overall have leveled off and even declined in some regions and among some age groups.
As noted health care expert Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel wrote in a recent New York Times op-ed, there may be cause for optimism in the fight against obesity, but “we can’t ease up now.” On May 8, influential leaders from across the nation will gather in Newark, NJ to figure out what more can be done. The forum, titled “Closing the Gap in Childhood Obesity,” sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative in collaboration with Grantmakers in Health, will focus on developing solutions to the inequities that exist in childhood health and childhood obesity (register here for the live webcast).
Read Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey's full post on LinkedIn.