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JUL-AUG 2017

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21 Photos provided by Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation d r. a manda s taiano t alks c hildhood o besity, Fact and Fiction In Louisiana, 1 in 2 children is considered overweight or obese; the same is true for more than 36% of adults here in the Pelican State. These are just some of the realities addressed and myths debunked by LSU Assistant Professor Dr. Amanda Staiano, PhD., M.P.P., at the latest dinner in the Scientific Dinner Series hosted by the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation's on May 9. Speaking to the stereotypes and misconceptions about obesity, Staiano explained that, through self-monitoring, goal-setting, family support and the presentation of interesting, healthy food choices and guidance, there is no evidence or reason to suggest that children dealing with obesity will always be so. At the same time, she maintains that inactivity is a big factor in both obesity and death, pointing out that it kills at higher rates than do such habits as smoking. "Given our state's struggle with weight, the research I'm doing is aimed at creating healthier lifestyles that kids can carry with them into adulthood," Staiano says. She advocates that exercise-focused video games can be especially useful in combatting inactivity and producing enough mobility/exercise so that obese and overweight children can reduce their weight, avoid chronic disease and live healthier and happier lives. Dr. Staiano currently serves as Director of the Pediatric Obesity and Health Behavior Laboratory at LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Foundation President/CEO William "Bill" L. Silvia Jr., Capital One's Debbie Nolan, Speaker Dr. Amanda Staiano and Capital One's George Town at the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation's quarterly Scientific Dinner Series on May 9. J. Gerard Jolly, Janet Olson, Paula Pennington de la Bretonne and Dr. Jacques de la Bretonne. Jim and Terri McIlwain and Troy and Sarah Prevot. Sally Fenet, BeBe Facundus, Kathy O'Leary and Jane Kirkpatrick. Cheryl Olinde, Dr. Paula and Dr. Phil Brantley and Dr. Ruth Patrick. Larry and Monette McCullough, Dr. Karen Williams and Owen Cope.

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