A RWJF-sponsored conference on childhood obesity and children’s body mass index (BMI) has led to a special supplement on the surveillance, screening and reporting of children’s BMI. The conference, which was held in January 2008, convened a forum of researchers and clinicians who are addressing obesity in their respective fields. The goals of the meeting were to review experiences with BMI data collection, understand how to communicate BMI results to caregivers, explore cultural differences in interpretation of BMI and discuss the legal and confidentiality implications of data collection. The resulting Pediatrics supplement, published in September 2009, addresses the conference topics in greater detail.
Issues and Implications of Screening, Surveillance, and Reporting of Children’s Body Mass Index
Food Environment Near Schools and Body weight-A Systematic Review of Associations by race/ethnicity, Gender, Grade, and Socio-Economic Factors
Previous research reported modest associations between food environments near schools and adiposity among children overall. The associations within sociodemographic subgroups have not been synthesized. This review assessed the evidence on the associations between food environments near schools and childhood obesity within different demographic and socio-economic subgroups. PubMed and Scopus databases … More
Use of Electronic Health Record Data to Study the Association of Sugary Drink Consumption With Child Weight Status
Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and, to some extent, fruit juice are modifiable risk factors for childhood obesity. Data on consumption have not been previously systematically collected in the electronic health record (EHR) in a way that could facilitate observational research and population health management. In 2017 to 2018, we used data … More
One of the most pressing unmet challenges for preventing and controlling epidemic obesity is ensuring that socially disadvantaged populations benefit from relevant public health interventions. Obesity levels are disproportionately high in ethnic minority, low-income, and other socially marginalized U.S. population groups. Current policy, systems, and environmental change interventions target obesity-promoting … More