Obesity & The Food System

Program Overview

Since the 1980s, obesity prevalence in the United States has more than doubled, with approximately one-third of children and over two-thirds of adults now considered overweight or obese. Poor diet quality is the biggest contributor to obesity, with dietary behaviors shaped by the complex policies, systems, and environments in which food is produced, acquired, and consumed. Public health approaches to fighting obesity have utilized systems thinking, interdisciplinary research, cross-sectoral partnerships, effective policy, and community engagement. These tools are urgently needed to create healthy, environmentally sustainable, equitable food systems and to curb obesity trends.

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Yeeli Mui, PhD
Core Faculty Spotlight
Obesity & The Food System

Yeeli Mui, PhD

Yeeli Mui, PhD, MPH, is a Bloomberg Assistant Professor of American Health in the Department of International Health.

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Anne Palmer, MAIA_Headshot
Core Faculty Spotlight
Obesity & The Food System

Anne Palmer, MAIA

Anne Palmer, MAIA, is an Associate Scientist in the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society and a program director at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future.

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Our Interconnected Focus Areas

How Adolescent Health is Impacted by Obesity & The Food System.

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Supporting a New Generation of Public Health Leaders

The Bloomberg Fellows Program provides world-class public health training for individuals engaged with organizations tackling critical challenges facing the United States.

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