Reversing the Childhood Obesity Epidemic

RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., discussed the Foundation’s work in childhood obesity prevention during a June 2009 interview with the Web site Big Think.

If current obesity rates do not decline, she noted, “we may be raising the first generation of kids who live sicker and die younger than their parents.”

The Foundation’s effort is focused on averting such a scenario. To date, Lavizzo-Mourey explained, it has engaged businesses, the food industry, schools and government. “Because it is going to take a movement … if we’re going to reverse this epidemic of childhood obesity,” she said.

This excerpt comes from a series about the future of health care co-produced by the Web site and MSNBC.