FPOP Presents: Are 90 million obese Americans “sick”? Implications of the AMA decision to label obesity a disease

The American Medical Association recently voted to recognize obesity as a disease. What does this controversial decision mean for broader public health efforts to combat obesity, and what does it mean for overweight people? Kathleen Bachynski, a doctoral student in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, will examine the context of the AMA’s decision and its implications for obesity-related stigma, insurance coverage for the treatment of obesity, and defining what it means to have a disease versus a risk factor.

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Event Recap: Helena Duch, on The Role of the Home and Caregiving Environment in Early Childhood Obesity

The Duch talk last week was a smashing success! We had a full room of students eager to learn all about what Dr. Duch had to share and had some fairly engaging questions at the end.  

Dr. Duch’s presented her research on early childhood determinants of long-term health and the evaluation of parent and classroom-based interventions that were related to the bi-directional causes of micro and macrosystems .

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Duch also touched upon the regulation of self and how that related to the home cognitive environment during preschool years and their association with child overweight and obesity. She also revealed the exciting work that she was doing with the “Early Head Start” families in Washington Heights and the innovative use of physical activity measurement tools with the population.

Keep your eye out for more FPOP events!

Guest Speaker: Helena Duch, on The Role of the Home and Caregiving Environment in Early Childhood Obesity

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Dr. Duch’s research focuses on early childhood determinants of long-term health and the evaluation of parent, and classroom-based interventions that address developmental and health disparities, primarily in Latino children. 

This presentation will focus on modifiable correlates to obesity in the home and the parent-child relationship in early life. Particularly, Dr. Duch will review the research on self-regulation, attachment and the home cognitive environment during the toddler/ preschool years and their association with child overweight and obesity, using data from large, nationally representative samples. In addition, she will describe the implementation of a parent-child physical activity intervention with Early Head Start families in Washington Heights and the innovative use of physical activity measurement tools with this population.

Come on out!

FPOP Event May 1st: Come See Caroline Wallace from the NYCDOH Talk About Obesity Related Public Health Marketing!

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FPOP welcomes Caroline Wallace, MPH for her talk on “How the NYC Health Department is Using Social Marketing to Combat Obesity.” Caroline, a graduate of the Mailman School of Public Health (09) works in the department of Health Media and Marketing in the Bureau of Communications at the NYC DOH.Most of us will recognize the “Pouring on the Pounds” campaign from the subways. Come learn more at this exciting seminar!

Lunch will be served!

Second Brown Bag Lunch with Dr. Mark Orr Co-Sponsored by CSAPH

Second Brown Bag Lunch with Dr. Mark Orr      Co-Sponsored by CSAPH

Come see Dr. Mark Orr present on Dynamic Policy Modeling of Obesity. Lunch will be provided!

Recap of first Brown Bag Lunch with Dr. Stacey Finkelstein

Our first brown bag seminar was a great success with a thought provoking lecture by Dr. Finkelstein on how public health professionals could use feedback to increase healthy behaviors. Her research is focused on understanding whether people respond to positive or negative feedback and has shown that as people gain expertise they prefer negative feedback.  Public health professionals could tailor feedback messages to certain audiences depending on their level of expertise. For example, a study showed that cardiac patients were more likely to exercise when they received encouraging as opposed to discouraging text messages about how much they had walked.

Stay tuned for the next Brown Bag Lunch coming up soon!

First Seminar of the Spring Semester Brown Bag Series!

First Seminar of the Spring Semester Brown Bag Series!