Field of Work: Childhood Obesity
Problem Synopsis: Since the late 1960's, obesity rates have soared among all age groups, increasing more than four-fold among children ages 6 to 11. In 2011, nearly a third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. That's more than 23 million kids and teenagers.
Synopsis of the Work: Since 2001, the biennial California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) has been the largest health survey of any state and provides a comprehensive picture of California public health care needs and health care access. For this project, the 2005 and 2007 surveys incorporated questions on children's and adolescents' diet and physical activity as well as the environmental factors that influence those behaviors.
The following findings appeared in published articles: