Assessing Prevalence and Trends in Obesity: Navigating the Evidence


Understanding prevalence and trend estimates for childhood obesity is essential to informing research, policies and interventions. However, different survey or measurement approaches can produce different prevalence rates and trends, painting a varying picture of the state of childhood obesity in America.

On December 5, NCCOR is hosting the next Connect & Explore webinar on Assessing Prevalence and Trends in Obesity: Navigating the Evidence. A consensus committee convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently explored how reports on obesity prevalence and trends differ and what these differences mean for interpretation and application. This webinar, presenting insights from the resulting National Academies report, will provide an overview of the various data collection and analysis approaches that have been used in developing reports on the prevalence and trends in obesity across population groups, but particularly as they relate to children and adolescents.

Connect & Explore gives you the chance to hear from leading experts from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Evaluating Approaches to Assessing Prevalence and Trends in Obesity.

Join us on Monday, December 5, at 3 p.m. ET, for the one-hour event. Guest speakers include:

  • Shari L. Barkin, M.D., M.S.H.S. (Chair), William K. Warren Foundation Chair and Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Pediatric Obesity Research in the Diabetes Center, and Chief of General Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Lynn Blewett, Ph.D., Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, Director, State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC)
  • Jackson P. Sekhobo, Ph.D., M.P.A., Director of Evaluation, Research, and Surveillance in the Division of Nutrition of the New York State Department of Health
  • Cynthia L. Ogden, Ph.D, M.R.P., NHANES Analysis Branch Chief/Epidemiologist, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Register Today! You must register to receive webinar access. The event is free, but attendance is limited, so tell a colleague and register today!

Join the conversation! Please consider sharing this information on your social networks using the hashtag #ConnectExplore. We will also be live tweeting the event, so be sure to follow the conversation at @NCCOR. For those who cannot attend, the webinar will be recorded and archived on