Trick or Treat: Battling Childhood Obesity

Oct 31, 2013

It’s Halloween. Do you know what your kids are eating? Is this one of the few days of the year where maybe it’s okay for kids to have a little bit of candy, or are you one of those parents who skips the treats altogether and hands out toys or toothbrushes instead?!

Today, it’s a Halloween check-in on childhood obesity in the state, with the new head of Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. 

Over the summer, we saw the first signs of a national decline in obesity rates among low-income children, although for Connecticut -- the numbers remained roughly the same. School lunches are healthier, women on WIC are getting better food from their local markets, and some young people are finding healthy ways to lose weight. 

Coming up, we’ll also find out about the latest research in social and behavioral factors that affect obesity risks.


  • Marlene Schwartz, Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity
  • Ann Ferris, Director of the Center for Public Health and Health Policy at UConn, Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Nurtritional Sciences
  • Elissa Jelalian, Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior at Brown University