Preventing Childhood Obesity in Latin America: An Agenda for Regional Research and Strategic Partnerships

FEB 27

The increasing prevalence of childhood obesity in Latin America poses a major public health challenge. Limited scientific evidence inhibits development and implementation of novel, effective interventions across the region. To address these gaps, the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Fogarty International Center conducted a workshop to determine the state of the science and future directions regarding obesity research in the region. The two-day workshop addressed many factors relating to childhood obesity in Latin America and led to a series of articles published in an Obesity Reviews supplement, “Preventing Childhood Obesity in Latin America: An Agenda for Regional Research and Strategic Partnerships.”

On February 27, NCCOR is hosting a Connect & Explore webinar, “Preventing Childhood Obesity in Latin America: An Agenda for Regional Research and Strategic Partnerships.” The webinar will share key areas for research and critical lessons learned in Latin America that can inform future obesity prevention efforts.

Join us on Tuesday, February 27 at 3:00 p.m. ET, for the one-hour webinar. Guest speakers include the following researchers:

  • Juan Rivera, PhD, is the general director at the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico and professor of nutrition in the School of Public Health of Mexico. Dr. Rivera will provide an overview of the supplement and its development, and present a research agenda for the prevention of childhood obesity in Latin America.
  • Camila Corvalán, MD, PhD, MPH, is an assistant professor at the Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology at the University of Chile. Dr. Corvalán will discuss the current nutritional status of Latin American children and the drivers of the obesity epidemic in Latin America.
  • Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, PhD, is a professor of epidemiology and public health, director of the Office of Public Health Practice, and director of global health at Yale University School of Public Health. Dr. Perez-Escamilla will share lessons learned from Latin American countries to successfully implement obesity prevention policies.
  • Michael Pratt, MD, MSPE, MPH, is a professor in the Division of Global Health at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Pratt will highlight opportunities for childhood obesity prevention research and research capacity in Latin America.

Please register to receive webinar access. The event is free, but attendance is limited. Register today!

Invite a colleague, and consider sharing this information on your social media 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 www.nccor.org.