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Contact: Julia Chapman, 914-740-2147, jchapman@liebertpub.com
Childhood Obesity Journal to Launch Early Summer

New Rochelle, NY, May 26, 2010—Obesity and Weight Management, currently under the editorship of James Hill, PhD and Holly Wyatt, MD from University of Colorado at Denver, is changing its mission and will become the premier journal and central forum on childhood and adolescent obesity, as part of the imperative to achieve swift and effective means to stem this epidemic. The newly titled journal, Childhood Obesity, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., will make its debut early this summer.

Childhood Obesity will have a very broad mandate and will provide physicians, nurses, dietitians, diabetes educators, nutritionists, psychologists, educators, school nurses, health counselors, community organizers, and policymakers with effective prevention and management strategies, patient education and motivation tools, and research advances in the field.

The journal editorial board includes luminaries in the field such as Kelly D. Brownell, PhD; Stephen Daniels, MD, PhD; John Foreyt, PhD; Elizabeth Goodman, MD; David Heber, MD, PhD; Francine Kaufman, MD; David Ludwig, MD, PhD; Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN; Brian Wansink, PhD; Sandra Hassink, MD; Linda Van Horn, PhD, RD; Daniel Kirschenbaum, PhD; Sachiko T. St. Jeor, PhD, RD; Melinda S. Sothern, PhD, CEP; Mary Story, PhD, RD; Shikha S. Sundaram, MD, MSCI; and Angie Tagtow, MS, RD, LD.

The U.S. Surgeon General, Regina M. Benjamin, MD, will have a contribution in the inaugural issue.

Each issue will deliver action-oriented content including original peer-reviewed articles; provocative editorials and perspectives from opinion leaders; interviews with thought leaders; roundtable discussions; new weight management initiatives; safety and efficacy of treatment regimens; prevention and education; exploration of health disparities and cultural sensitivity; Q & A; successful obesity prevention school program profiles; new nonprofit and government initiatives and programs; patient motivation tools and handouts; Literature Watch; Web Watch; and other actionable news and developments.

“The strong response to the expanded focus of this important journal has been very gratifying,” said Mary Ann Liebert, president and CEO of the privately held publishing company that bears her name. “Childhood Obesity will play an important role in achieving the goal First Lady Michelle Obama has of ensuring that this new generation shapes up to a healthy weight by the time they reach adulthood.”

“Mrs. Obama is right when she says that childhood obesity threatens the nation’s economic health,” said Ms. Liebert. “The costs of health care for obesity-related conditions such as diabetes and heart disease are enormous. Healthy people are productive people. Weight management starts in childhood. Childhood Obesity has a very broad mission which requires the active participation of health care providers in collaboration with educators, school nurses, health counselors, and groups such as parent-teacher organizations that must try to ensure that school meals are well balanced and foster the right eating habits.”

Childhood Obesity will be published bimonthly in print and online.