UGA Effort to Reduce Childhood Obesity


UGA researchers received funding to find ways to prevent or reduce childhood obesity through partnerships among University System of Georgia institutions and local communities. Two projects aim to reduce childhood obesity by working with after-school programs, while a third aims to reduce obesity in newborns by reaching pregnant and post-partum women through local obstetricians. Georgia ranks as the third worst in the nation with over one third of children overweight or obese, according to a 2009 report by Trust for America’s Health. A recent assessment of the nation’s health, jointly published by United Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention, reported that the current annual direct healthcare costs associated with obesity in Georgia are $2.5 billion. The projected increase in obesity—as high as 47 percent­—will bring the direct costs to $11 billion by 2018.