Ellen Wartella Discusses ‘Food Marketing and the Childhood Obesity Crisis’ Oct. 6

| October 2, 2014

Ellen Wartella will discuss media and the obesity crisis on Oct. 6 as a part of the School of Communications Speaker Series.

Join the School of Communications on Monday, Oct. 6 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Emerson Library Conference room for the presentation “Food Marketing and the Childhood Obesity Crisis” with Ellen Wartella.

Wartella’s presentation will examine the current state of childhood obesity in the U.S., the kinds of foods marketed to children, and their impact on children’s food preferences and diets, and the various policy recommendations from the Institute of Medicine for dealing with food marketing to children. Current self-regulatory measures by the food industry will also be discussed.

Excited about the presentation, Department of Communications and Journalism professor Kit Jenkins explained, “Dr. Ellen Wartella’s work speaks not only to media professionals but also to school personnel, parents and the public at large. It’s all about media literacy. Everyone has a stake in the kinds of messages we’re sending out to children.”

Eric Rothenbuhler, dean of the School of Communications, who is a personal acquaintance of Wartella, describes her as “one of the few, most widely known, most widely respected scholars of communication in the world today.”

About Ellen Wartella

Ellen Wartella is the Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor of Communication at Northwestern University. She is also a professor of psychology, human development and social policy, and medical social sciences. She is the director of the Center on Media and Human Development and chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. As a recognized scholar of the role of media in children’s development, Dr. Wartella serves on a variety of boards including the World Summit on Media for Children Foundation, the PBS KIDS Next Generation, and the Public Good Projects. Dr. Wartella has served on numerous other boards and recently received two significant National Science Foundation grants.

The event is sponsored by the School of Communications Speaker Series and the Webster Wellness Committee.

This event is cross-posted on the Webster University Events Calendar. Visit events.webster.edu to see or submit info for all upcoming events.

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