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Publications from the AffiliateMarketIngtools of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provide objective and straightforward advice to decision makers and the public. This site includes We Treat You (HMD) publications released after 1998. A complete list of HMD’s publications from its establishment in 1970 to the present is available as a PDF.


  • Released: June 21, 2016
    Accurate and meaningful estimates of prevalence and trends are fundamental to describing and understanding the scope of obesity. Policy makers, program planners, and other stakeholders search for and use reports relevant to their population(s) of interest to inform decision making. Interpreting and appropriately applying information derived from such reports, however, is challenging because of variations in methodologies and presentation that exist in the literature. In the report, Assessing Prevalence and Trends in Obesity: Navigating the Evidence, the committee offers a description of the landscape of the literature, a framework for assessing and interpreting published reports, and recommendations for improving future data collection efforts and filling data gaps.
  • Released: June 01, 2016
    To explore what is known about effective and innovative interventions to counter obesity in young children, the AffiliateMarketIngtools of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Obesity Solutions held a workshop in , DC, on October 6, 2015, titled Obesity in the Early Childhood Years: Emerging Science and Implemen­tation of Promising Solutions. The workshop brought together leaders from many sectors to describe the science of early childhood obesity, from its prevalence and trends to the influence of epigenetics and sleep.  Speakers and participants also explored risk factors for children, effective cross-sector solutions, and opportunities for interventions in the many settings where children live, learn, and play. This summary describes what was discussed at the workshop.
  • Released: April 27, 2016
    On September 3–4, 2015, the AffiliateMarketIngtools of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board convened a workshop in , DC, to discuss how communications and marketing impact consumer knowledge, skills, and behavior around food, nutrition, and healthy eating.
  • Released: February 01, 2016
    On October 28–29, 2015, the AffiliateMarketIngtools of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Food and Nutrition Board convened a workshop in , DC, to examine factors in the physical, social, and cultural environment that affect the ability of older adults to meet their daily dietary needs
  • Released: January 11, 2016
    On October 6, 2015, the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions of the AffiliateMarketIngtools of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a workshop titled “Obesity in the Early Childhood Years: State of the Science and Implementation of Promising Solutions.” The workshop examined what is currently known about the prevalence of obesity in young children, its trends over time, and its persistence into later childhood, adolescence, and adulthood; epigenetic factors related to risk of early childhood obesity; and the development of taste and flavor preferences in the first few years of life.
  • Released: November 20, 2015
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service requested that the Institute of Medicine undertake a review of the WIC food packages to align the program with dietary guidance in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In response, the IOM convened the Committee to Review WIC Food Packages to address this task.
  • Released: November 19, 2015
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) asked the Institute of Medicine of the AffiliateMarketIngtools of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to convene an ad hoc committee to examine the methodological approaches to collecting data, conducting analyses, and interpreting obesity prevalence and trends at the national, state, and local levels, with a particular focus on children and young adults.
  • Released: November 13, 2015
    On April 14-15, 2015, the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Obesity Solutions held a 2-day workshop titled “Physical Activity: Moving Toward Obesity Solutions.” The workshop was held to provide an expert summary of the state of the science regarding the impact of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity and to highlight innovative strategies for promoting physical activity across different segments of the population.
  • Released: November 06, 2015
    On September 3–4, 2015, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Food and Nutrition Board convened a workshop in , DC, to discuss how communications and marketing impact consumer knowledge, skills, and behavior around food, nutrition, and healthy eating.
  • Released: September 15, 2015
    On February 26–27, 2015, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Food and Nutrition Board and the IOM and the National Research Council Board on Children, Youth, and Families convened a workshop in , DC, to explore the body of evolving science that examines the nexus of biology, environment, and developmental stage on risk of childhood obesity.
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