Examining a Developmental Approach to Childhood Obesity: The Fetal and Early Childhood Years
The Food and Nutrition Board and Board on Children, Youth, and Families invite you to participate in the workshop, Examining a Developmental Approach to Childhood Obesity: The Fetal and Early Childhood Years to be held February 26-27, 2015 at The Keck Center of the National Academies, 500 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC.
Obesity is the result of complex interactions among genetic, behavioral, and environmental factors that occur during sensitive periods of development including pregnancy and early childhood. Periods of genetic plasticity that occur in the prenatal and postnatal environments are critical times in which exposure of the developing fetus, infant, or young child to these factors is linked to patterns of growth and adiposity that can result in lifelong risk for overweight, obesity, and type II diabetes. This workshop will examine the relationships between biology, environment and early childhood on risk of obesity.