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Environmental Solutions to Obesity in America's Youth



The rise in childhood obesity is due to complex interactions across a number of environmental contexts that influence eating and physical activity (IOM2004). This environment is characterized by:

  • Urban and suburban designs that discourage physical activity.
  • Economic and time pressures on families that result in frequent consumption of convenience foods.
  • Reduced access to and affordability of nutritious foods in some communities.
  • Decreased opportunities for walking or biking to, at, or after school.
  • Increased sedentary screen time.


The second annual NIEHS national conference on obesity and the environment will highlight the effectiveness of interventions aimed at reducing obesity in youth.


Conference Topics

  • What approaches support a healthy physical and nutritional environment for youth?
  • What are effective prevention and treatment strategies?
  • How can we act on the best available evidence?
  • How can the environment be modified to promote healthier eating and increased physical activity?
  • How can environmental interventions address disparities in the prevalence of overweight and obesity?
  • What can we do to develop and enhance public-private partnerships?

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