Johns Hopkins to hold symposium on social networks’ influence on weight, behavior, health

The Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) at Johns Hopkins invites you to attend a day-long symposium titled “The Social Network: A Systems Approach to #ChildhoodObesity.” The event will be Oct. 22, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Md.

The past decade has seen increasing interest in social networks, i.e., how people are connected to their families, friends, school mates, and work colleagues. These relationships affect what, where, and how children eat and exercise, and in turn, the risk of obesity.

The Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) at Johns Hopkins seeks to understand the systems (e.g., social, economic, environmental, behavioral, physiologic) that cause obesity and identifying comprehensive solutions that address these systems.

Please join obesity experts, social network experts, policy makers, and other relevant stakeholders as they discuss this emerging and important topic. Breakfast and lunch will be served. To learn how to register, email

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