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The Public Policy Implications of Reducing Childhood Obesity
Friday, October 18, 2013
8–10:30 a.m.
Constellation Room, World Trade Center
401 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD  21202

Sponsored by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, the UMBC Department of Public Policy, The Hilltop Institute, and the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research

Obesity among youth is considered a growing epidemic in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 17% of children and adolescents age 2–19 years are obese and at risk for serious diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and asthma. Childhood obesity has doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Children living at or below the poverty level have a higher risk of obesity.

A number of initiatives are underway to reduce obesity by improving the health of young people. Federal, state and local governments, schools, nonprofits, foundations, and private sector organizations have established programs to fight childhood obesity. While addressing a significant national health problem, some obesity initiatives raise issues of personal rights versus public policies. This forum examined the public policy implications of programs to reduce childhood obesity.

About the Public Policy Forum Series
The purpose of the Public Policy Forum series is to provide an opportunity for academic, nonprofit, business and government policy practitioners to engage in a dialogue about topics of importance to the region. Public Policy forum topics are grounded in academic research, but selected to appeal to a broad professional audience.

Childhood Obesity: Trends and Policy Responses
Adele Kirk, Assistant Professor, UMBC Department of Public Policy

Evidence on the Impacts of Childhood Obesity
David Frisvold, Assistant Professor
Department of Economics, University of Iowa

Initiatives in Maryland
Laura Herrera, MD, Deputy Secretary for Public Health
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Evidence-based Initiatives in Baltimore City
Oxiris Barbot, MD, Baltimore City Commissioner of Health

Speaker bios

Archive - Presentations from previous forums

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