Child obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled for adolescents since 1980

Childhood obesity has also been linked to premature death as an adult.  Socioeconomic factors such as low-income, low-education level, higher unemployment households increases the risk of obesity.  Obesity prevalence is higher among minorities than non-Hispanic whites.  Obesity disparities between non-Hispanic white children and Mexican American children exceed those in adults. 

Nationally, diabetes and obesity prevalence has significantly increased over past 19 years.

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CDC. 2012. Prevalence of Obesity Among Children and Adolescents: United States, Trends 1963-1965 Through 2009-2010.


Created by the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in NYC, on display for two years and available to all public high schools in the U.S., the Genes and Health--Moving Beyond Race video features CHARM investigator Esteban Burchard's lab. 

UCTV production: Women’s Health Today - UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women's Health - Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo presents risk factors for the leading cause of death among women: heart disease and stroke.

Erica Shepperd’s, emotionally gripping poem, “Death Recipe,” begins with the refrain, “We eat like we’re still slaves.” Erica then describes the nutritional content of widely available junk foods in her neighborhood environment and her home, her ambivalence toward her young body and the functional limitations she now has as a result of her weight, her “addiction” to these sugary foods, and the connections between emotional and social trauma, corporate greed, and unhealthy eating. The poem culminates in a haunting catalogue of the clustering of early onset Type 2 diabetes in her family, and the resulting morbidity and mortality, ending with the final words, “…it’s like suicide.”

Simone Bridges (MC Nina Seraphina) uses rap to illustrate the metaphorical connection between the Food Industry, High Sugar foods and the pedaling of street narcotics.

Robin Black and the Bigger Picture Poets mock the food Industries use of deceptive marketing to trick people, especially youth, into eating unhealthy foods.