Childhood Obesity

Obesity is a serious health concern for many children and adolescents in the United States. In 2006, more than 16 percent of children from ages 2-19 were considered obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Obese children and teens have a higher risk of developing health problems associated with cardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and Type 2 diabetes, than others in their age groups. Our faculty are examining obesity in children based on race/ethnicity as well as ways to prevent and reduce the incidence of childhood obesity.

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Taniqua Ingol, MPH ’17, BSPH ’15
August 5, 2019

CPH alumna Taniqua Ingol, MPH ’17, BSPH ’15, works as a research associate and data coordinator in Keim Lab at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, where she studies child health and growth outcomes.

Ingol was recently awarded a...

Sarah Anderson

Study finds link between routines, emotions and weight

Family structure including regular bedtimes, mealtimes and limited screen time appear to be linked to better emotional health in preschoolers, and that might...

Dr. Sarah Anderson

Public-health experts have long expected that kids who eat more carrots and apples are less likely to eat a lot of candy and fries, but new research is calling that into question.

Preschoolers from low-income neighborhoods in Columbus who...