Johns Hopkins GOPC explores social networks

The Johns Hopkins Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) hosted a symposium titled “The Social Network: a Systems Approach to #Childhood Obesity,” on Wednesday, Oct. 22. Guest speakers and leaders in the field guided the audience throughout the day, going from theory and principles to real-world applications.

A variety of network approaches currently used to explore the relationship between social networks, environmental factors, and body weight in children and adolescents were highlighted. Plus, plenty of time was dedicated to provide attendees with the opportunity to connect and build their social and professional network. View the full agenda here.

Below, presenter Ross Hammond, PhD, policy and senior fellow of economic studies at the Brookings Institute, describes how social influences affect body mass index (BMI). Dr. Hammond is director of the Center on Social Dynamics at Brookings and a member of the NCCOR Envision project.


See more photos from the event here.

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