FRC News

Stronger Social Safety Net Can Help Fight Childhood Obesity

7/22/2011  8:00 am

Dr. Craig Gundersen's research indicates that programs such as SNAP can play a vital role in the social safety net as well as in efforts to end childhood obesity.  Food and exercise alone are not to blame for the extent of obesity among children in the United States, says Gundersen.  Psychosocial factors, such as stressors brought about by a fraying social safety net and uncertainty about the economy also play a role. Read more about the study here.

Dr. Gundersen is an affiliate of the Family Resiliency Center and is currently a PI on the Backpack Program Evaluation project as well as a PI on I-TOPP (Illinois Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention Program).  He is a professor of agricultural and consumer economics and Executive Director of the National Soybean Research Laboratory.