Kinder Institute’s Urban Health Program to host screening of documentary on childhood obesity Aug. 28

Amy Hodges

HOUSTON – (Aug. 23, 2012) – The childhood obesity epidemic will be the focus of attention Aug. 28, when the Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Urban Health Program, the Children’s Nutrition Research Center and Children at Risk host “Children in Crisis,” a screening of the new HBO and Institute of Medicine documentary.

What: Screening of “Children in Crisis,” a HBO and Institute of Medicine documentary focusing on the child obesity epidemic.

When: Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: BioScience Research Collaborative Auditorium, 6500 Main St.

The documentary highlights the ongoing childhood obesity epidemic in the United States, the side effects of which include greater risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma and other serious health problems. The combination of these health issues and the dramatic increase in childhood obesity rates over the past three decades causes some experts to fear this may be the first generation of American children who will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.

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