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Obesity Epidemic Concerns Addressed at Symposium

Monday, April 12, 2004
2:30-5:30 p.m.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Becton Dickinson Lecture Hall
615 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, Md.

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will sponsor the symposium “Downsizing America: The Obesity Epidemic,” on Monday, April 12. It is the fifth in a series of six public health symposia to examine behavior and its impact on public health. Four obesity experts will discuss ways to change the behavior habits of Americans to combat the country’s expanding waistline. The symposium will be held from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Becton Dickinson Lecture Hall at the School of Public Health, located at 615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, Md.

Recently the CDC published a study stating that poor diet and inactivity could soon overtake tobacco smoking as the leading cause of death in America. In addition, the Child Wellbeing Index announced that obesity is the single most widespread health problem facing children today.

Speakers include: 

Kelly D. Brownell, PhD
Director of the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders

Adam Drewnowski, PhD, MA
Director of the Nutritional Sciences Program at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Robert W. Jeffery, PhD
Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health

Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, RD
Associate Dean of Health Promotion and Disease at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Benjamin Caballero, MD, PhD, director of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Human Nutrition, will moderate.

Public Affairs media contacts for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Kenna Brigham or Tim Parsons at 410-955-6878 or
Reporters interested in attending the symposium should contact Kenna Brigham at 410-955-6878.