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Food Insecurity: What Role Does It Play in Obesity?

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Throughout the years, the rates of obesity and food insecurity have drastically increased.
Air Date: 9/9/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Christopher Bolling, MD
Christopher BollingChristopher F. Bolling, MD, is a pediatrician and partner Pediatric Associates in Crestview Hills, KY. He is a Volunteer Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Dr. Bolling serves as the Obesity Chair for the Kentucky Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is Chair Elect for the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Obesity. Dr. Bolling completed his pediatric residency and chief residency at CCHMC and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Published in the area of behavioral and primary care pediatrics, Dr. Bolling serves as a consultant in matters related to obesity prevention, motivational interviewing, community based participatory research, quality improvement, public policy and practice based research. He also speaks on and trains providers in public advocacy and has extensive experience in early child obesity prevention in the medical home and childcare settings.

Dr. Bolling was Kentucky State Lead for Be Our Voice, a program to train medical providers to be advocates for obesity prevention. He is the former president of the Northern Kentucky Medical Society, the Cincinnati Pediatric Research Group practice based research network, the Cincinnati Pediatric Society and the Medical Staff of Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
Food Insecurity: What Role Does It Play in Obesity?
Throughout the years, the rates of obesity and food insecurity have drastically increased.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 17 percent (12.7 million) children and adolescents between the ages of 2-19 are obese.

Obesity is a very complex disorder that is more than just a cosmetic issue.

Besides having excessive amounts of skin, you also increase your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and many other health issues.

The USDA defines food insecurity as, "consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year." What role does obesity play in food insecurity?

Christopher Bolling, MD, shares everything you need to know about food insecurity and how it plays a role in obesity.
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