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Johns Hopkins Obesity Center Examines Policy Initiatives to Curb Obesity

When it comes to preventing childhood obesity, it’s often tempting to look for a single culprit – sugary drinks or junk food or the school cafeteria. Increasingly, though, researchers understand that, rather than a single cause, obesity result from a many factors. Attacking an entire system, of course, is much more daunting than increasing taxes on large fountain drinks or mandating healthier school meals. But a group of researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health aims to make that task a little easier by creating mathematical agent-based models to help scientists and policy makers predict the possible outcomes of potential policies, programs, and community initiatives.