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Suggested Citation:"6 Closing Comments." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Obesity in the Early Childhood Years: State of the Science and Implementation of Promising Solutions: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23445.
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Closing Comments

The United States and other nations have reasons to fear the obesity epidemic, and especially its effects on children, said Bill Purcell,1 former mayor of Nashville, Tennessee, and chair of the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions, in his closing remarks at the workshop. But the workshop, he asserted, had revealed why “there is great hope and reason to believe that, together in the ways that have been described here, we will indeed do exactly what members of this roundtable have hoped we could accomplish.” For almost 15 years, he noted, the Institute of Medicine and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have worked hard to understand the epidemic and do something about it, and have been committed to serving as the lead in that effort.

Purcell quoted Ecclesiastes, fourth chapter, 13th verse: “Better is a poor and a wise child than an old but foolish king, who will no more be admonished.” Many poor children “need our help right now,” he said. All those who have authority over the lives of children have a clear responsibility, he stated. “We leave this room understanding that charge and understanding that the future can and will be brighter,” he concluded.

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1 Currently with Farmer Purcell White & Lassiter, PLLC.

Suggested Citation:"6 Closing Comments." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Obesity in the Early Childhood Years: State of the Science and Implementation of Promising Solutions: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23445.
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Suggested Citation:"6 Closing Comments." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Obesity in the Early Childhood Years: State of the Science and Implementation of Promising Solutions: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23445.
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Suggested Citation:"6 Closing Comments." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Obesity in the Early Childhood Years: State of the Science and Implementation of Promising Solutions: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23445.
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Among the many troubling aspects of the rising prevalence of obesity in the United States and elsewhere in recent years, the growth of early childhood overweight and obesity stands out. To explore what is known about effective and innovative interventions to counter obesity in young children, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Obesity Solutions held a workshop in October 2015. The workshop brought together many of the leading researchers on obesity in young children to describe the state of the science and potential solutions based on that research. Participants explored sustainable collaborations and new insights into the implementation of interventions and policies, particularly those related to nutrition and physical activity, for the treatment and prevention of obesity in young children. Obesity in the Early Childhood Years summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.

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