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David Katz, MD, MPH Named Editor-in-Chief of Childhood Obesity Journal

New Rochelle, NY, February 17, 2011-Publisher Mary Ann Liebert announced the appointment of David L. Katz, MD, MPH, Co-Founder and Director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center, as Editor-in-Chief of Childhood Obesity. Dr. Katz's role will be to bring a strong, broad vision to the Journal, help foster collaborations, and encourage high-quality manuscript submissions. A recent issue is available free online


"I am honored to be entrusted with this role and delighted to have this opportunity," said Dr. Katz on his appointment. "Childhood Obesity is a unique blend of scholarship, pragmatism, and calls to action that I think is perfectly suited to the challenges and urgencies of epidemic obesity and attendant chronic disease in children and adolescents alike. I am confident that we can turn these tides and that the messages conveyed in this journal can make important contributions to our progress."


Mary Ann Liebert, president of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., welcomed Dr. Katz and commented, "Fighting childhood obesity is very challenging. Children are influenced not only by the behavior of their peers but struggle to keep away from sweets, sodas, and junk food as their friends are devouring them. Exercise may compete with the computer for a child's free time. Parents and educators need to be diligent and do all they can to ensure nutritionally strong, low calorie meals. Childhood Obesity covers all aspects of managing an obese child. The editorial content addresses genetic factors that contribute to obesity and includes results-oriented programs. We are delighted that Dr. Katz will be at the helm."

Childhood Obesityprovides physicians, nurses, dietitians, diabetes educators, nutritionists, psychologists, educators and school nurses, community organizers, and policymakers with effective prevention and treatment strategies that promote environmental and policy changes, patient education and motivation tools, and clinical advances in the field. The Journal has a very broad mission to be the premier journal and central forum on childhood and adolescent obesity.


The journal editorial board includes luminaries in the field such as Bettina Beech, Heidi Blanck, Kelly Brownell, Stephen Daniels, John Foreyt, Gary Foster, Elizabeth Goodman, Sandra Hassink David Heber, Charles Homer, Francine Kaufman, David Ludwig, Bernadette Melnyk, Sachiko St. Jeor, Melinda Sothern, Mary Story, Angie Tagtow, Linda Van Horn, and Brian Wansink. The full editorial board is available on our website.


Collaborating organizations include the American Association of Diabetes Educators, American College of Sports Medicine, American Dietetic Association, and American Academy of Family Physicians.

Childhood Obesity has a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to ensure that it is accessible as widely as possible, and to provide a framework that addresses the social and environmental conditions that influence opportunities for children to have access to healthy, affordable food and safe places to play and be physically active.


Childhood Obesity is a bimonthly journal, published in print and online, and the journal of record for all aspects of communication on the broad spectrum of issues and strategies related to weight management and obesity prevention in children and adolescents. The Journal includes peer-reviewed articles documenting cutting-edge research and clinical studies, opinion pieces and roundtable discussions, profiles of successful programs and interventions, and updates on task force recommendations, global initiatives, and policy platforms. It reports on news and developments in science and medicine, features programs and initiatives developed in the public and private sector, and includes a Literature Watch and Web Watch.