Live event Thursday: What can adults do to reduce childhood obesity?

This week at TEDMED, we’ll be focusing on a Great Challenge with perhaps the biggest impact on future health: reducing childhood obesity.  Some 17 percent – 12.5 million – of kids in the U.S. are obese. How did we get here, and what can we do about it? Watch Judith Salerno and John Hoffman talk about “The Weight of the Nation” at TEDMED 2012 – and join our live online event this Thursday at 1 pm ET.  Moderating the discussion is Sally Squires, former Washington Post nutrition columnist and Director of Health and Wellness for Powell Tate. Visit TEDMED’s Google Plus page for details.  Ask questions of our group of health leaders on the topic – they may answer them on air.

Beyond willpower: Three TEDMED talks on how to fight obesity

What’s the best way to combat our national obesity epidemic?

To preview the issues behind our live online Great Challenges conversation about obesity this Thursday at 1 PM EST, we’ve collated three recent talks on the topic, a running theme of which is: It is immensely difficult for any single person to tackle the health issue of obesity alone.

How can America lose weight?
The CEO of Weight Watchers, David Kirchhoff, says America’s obesity crisis isn’t about people eating too much; it’s about our “obesogenic” environment. Beating it will involve lots of collective willpower.

Why can’t America “weight” any longer?
John Hoffman, vice president of HBO documentary films, and Judith Salerno, executive officer of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, talk about the HBO documentary The Weight of the Nation, why obesity is indeed a health crisis, and why it demands action on a national scale.

If we can’t cure the patient, can the community do it?
Mark Hyman, MD, best-selling author and chairman of the Institute of Functional Medicine, relates a story of how a stringy chicken in Haiti led to a revelation about using social networks to combat chronic health issues, one community at a time.