2020 Philip R. Nader Legacy of Health Lectureship
Event scheduled for 10/08/2020 from 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM
"Taming Children’s Sweet Tooth: A Biopsychosocial Approach for Reducing Added Sugar Intakes Among Children"
Jennifer Orlet Fisher, PhD
Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences,
Associate Director, Center for Obesity Research and Education,
Temple University, College of Public Health
Growing scientific consensus highlights added sugar as a major dietary contributor to obesity among children and the development of other preventable chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, some types of cancer, and dental caries. Current intakes of added sugar among US children far exceed the strict limits outlined in scientific report of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. These trends are unlikely to be easily reversed given children’s innate preferences for sweetness, along with the widespread availability, aggressive marketing, and low-cost of ultra-processed, sugary foods in the food supply. This lecture will present a biopsychosocial framework for addressing children’s consumption of added sugars. Recent research on food parenting will be used to highlight the important role of parents and other caregivers in shaping children’s exposure to added sugars and well as the influence of children’s appetitive traits in shaping risks of overconsumption. Implications for approaches to prevention among families with low-income backgrounds will be discussed.