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D’Youville Professor and Student Present to Prevent Childhood Obesity

D’Youville Professor and Student Present to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Buffalo, New York – July 07, 2017 – Dr. Kathleen Border, assistant professor of dietetics and Molly Brogan, a fifth-year dietetics student, represented D’Youville College at the International Conference on Childhood Obesity & Nutrition held June 12-13, 2017, in Rome, Italy.

The conference theme was “To Enhance the Prevention and Treatment Efforts for Childhood Obesity & Nutrition,” showcasing the effects of childhood obesity, childhood obesity prevention, childhood nutrition, childhood obesity treatment, and topics related to obesity from the medical and pharmaceutical industry.

Dr. Border presented her research, “An Evaluation of a Pilot Farm-to-School Program: Student Knowledge and Awareness,” to more than 50 distinguished researchers, practitioners, and educators from around the world along with Ms. Brogan, a graduate research assistant who shared her findings with attendees.

Practitioners at the conference presented their current research on treatment and prevention of childhood obesity, including the role of gut hormones in gastric bypass surgery and the development and validation of an emotional eating scale for children.

“Childhood obesity is a global crisis,” said Border, who serves on the nutrition committee with the Buffalo Public Schools. “Bariatric surgery is increasingly a treatment option for children, but community nutrition education and physical activity programs are often the initial options for prevention and treatment.”