Meeting

Workshop on Childhood Obesity Prevention: Austin, Texas


When: February 5, 2009 - February 6, 2009 (8:00 AM Eastern)

Topics Children, Youth and Families, Diseases, Environmental Health, Food and Nutrition, Select Populations and Health Equity
Activity: Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention
Board: Food and Nutrition Board

The Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention held a workshop February 5-6, 2009, in Austin, Texas. Texas was chosen as a case study because of its childhood obesity statistics, demographics, size, and efforts to prevent and reduce obesity. At this workshop, committee members met with Texas lawmakers, public officials, and community leaders to exchange ideas and to view first-hand strategies that are being implemented effectively at the state and local levels to prevent and reverse childhood obesity.

The focus on obesity efforts in Texas is particularly appropriate given that state’s sobering statistics. Texas is home to three of the five cities with the highest obesity rates in the nation. In 2007, two-thirds of Texas adults and one-third of Texas high school students were either overweight or obese. Moreover, information released in January 2009 by the state demographer indicates that, absent preventive measures, the number of obese Texans will triple by 2040 to reach 15 million (Eschbach and Fonseca, 2009).

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