The purpose of this project is to explore ethical issues associated with efforts to prevent childhood obesity and provide an ethical framework for assessing promising prevention policies. Although the most recent childhood obesity data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey shows the prevalence of childhood obesity in the United States to be leveling off, the problem is still great.Approximately 23 million children and adolescents are now classified as overweight or obese, and significant disparities among American ethnic and socioeconomic groups continue unabated. Additionally, efforts to prevent childhood obesity can pose ethical dilemmas; e.g., increasing taxes on sugary beverages and fatty foods; forcing restaurants to adopt menu formats that list calories and other information; having government food-assistance programs provide incentives for purchases of fresh fruits and vegetables; or placing restrictions on commercial advertising. As deliverables, Data for Solutions will work with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation staff to: (1) assemble and convene a panel of interdisciplinary experts on ethical issues; (2) identify six themes for discussion; and (3) produce a white paper, suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed format, that describes an ethical framework to inform programs and evaluations in childhood obesity prevention.
Amount Awarded $48,000.00
Awarded on: 8/2/2009
Time frame: 9/1/2009 - 2/28/2011
Grant Number: 66368