ATLANTA (April 9, 2018) – Dr. Craig Johnston, an Associate Professor at the University of Houston where he actively studies the behavioral treatment of obesity, is presenting research, “Finding the Answers to Childhood Obesity,” at the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Annual Conference in Houston, Texas on Friday, April 13, 2018 during the 1:45 – 2:45 PM Concurrent Session. The conference is taking place in Houston from April 12th – 14th at the Houston Marriott Westchase. The Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is a not-for-profit professional organization of over 4,000 registered dietitians, dietetic technicians, and students who provide expert food and nutrition resources for Texans.
Childhood obesity continues to be one of the most important issues to address from a public health perspective. In this research, Dr. Johnston aims to both identify causes and solutions to childhood obesity within children. Although it appears that rates of obesity may be leveling off in some groups, the overall prevalence remains at a very high level in the United States. Additionally, there are racial and ethnic inequalities among Caucasian, African American, Latino and Asian children between the ages of 2-19 years of age. This presentation will address the problem of childhood obesity and highlight the successful behavioral programs conducted by Dr. Johnston in minority schools in Houston – Texas currently ranks sixth among states in rates of childhood obesity. Johnston notes that “by incorporating certain lifestyle management strategies into school-based programs” he was able to make greater improvements in groups more at risk for obesity. This includes certain lifestyle management programs in schools that have demonstrated improved weight outcomes in children and teens.
“The Calorie Control Council felt supporting Dr. Johnston’s work was important as strategies to promote healthy weight management must also address competing priorities amongst children, such as taste preferences, in order for behavior change to be maintained into adulthood” remarked Michelle Smolarski, Scientific and Nutrition Coordinator for the Council. Healthcare professionals may register to attend the conference at EatRightTexas.org.