INTR-ASF (3-credit Biology Internship)

Document Type

Student Paper

Publication Date

Spring 5-2-2018


Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Food Studies | Maternal and Child Health | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion | Urban Studies and Planning | Women's Health

Description, Abstract, or Artist's Statement

In the past 50 years, obesity prevalence has risen to epidemic-like levels in the United States with an average of 25% of American children being classified as overweight or obese. Prevalence of obesity is significantly increased in socioeconomically disadvantaged income categories. This paper aims to discuss public health preventions/interventions that address childhood obesity such WIC, a supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children. It additionally aims to provide broad obesity-related research and begin to suggest preliminary answers to the question of why obesity is so prevalent as well as a brief overview of current treatment options for obesity-related diseases and ailments.