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Dr. Steve Gortmaker To Be Featured as Panelist During Harvard Chan Studio Event

Harvard Chan Studio Event: Childhood Obesity: Science and Solutions
Hosted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s “The Studio”
Monday, March 14, 11:00am EST – This event has passed.

For many children, the day-to-day realities of pandemic life—virtual school, social distancing, screen time, and stress—have added up to steep weight gain. The number of children diagnosed with overweight or obesity has shot up, and racial and ethnic gaps have widened. This panel brings together medical, scientific, and policy experts whose insights offer fresh solutions and hope for curbing the childhood obesity epidemic. 


Julia Belluz, Senior Health Correspondent, Vox 


  • William Dietz, Chair of the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness; Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University 
  • Sadaf Farooqi, Wellcome Principal Research Fellow; Professor of Metabolism and Medicine, Wellcome-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science, University of Cambridge   
  • Steven Gortmaker, Professor of the Practice of Health Sociology; Director of the Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity (HPRC); Director of the Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study (CHOICES) Project, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 
  • Saba Khan, Director, Food Pharmacies at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP); Attending Physician, Division of General Pediatrics at CHOP; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania; Faculty Scholar, CHOP Policy Lab 

Watch a clip of Dr. Gortmaker discussing what schools can do to help children maintain a healthy weight: