Childhood obesity, cultural influences topic at weekend OC symposium

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UC Davis and Cal State Fullerton are hosting a free, two-day childhood obesity symposium this weekend.

A free, two-day childhood obesity symposium this weekend sponsored by UC Davis and Cal State Fullerton will focus on research into the behavioral and cultural influences of childhood obesity in California.

Organizers point out that diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other diseases linked to obesity affect California’s ethnic communities in different ways. They say understanding the cultural differences that affect nutrition choices is key to reversing obesity’s upward trajectory among many of the state’s ethnic groups.

A national study released earlier this week ( predicts that California’s overall obesity rate will double by 2030 to 46.6 percent the state’s population if current trends continue unchecked.

To register to attend the free symposium, which is open to the public, visit their website.

When: Sept. 22 and 23
8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. both days

Where: Cal State Fullerton, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831
Room 199 in the Kinesiology and Health Science Building

Speakers: include UC Davis faculty members: Kenneth Brown, Sheri Zidenberg-Cherr, Lucia L. Kaiser, Martin Smith, Francene M. Steinberg and Christine Stewart.

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