Sunday, January 27, 2008


My friend Emily, a reporter in Bakersfield, California, has been working on a series about child obesity for the past year. Emily has spent hours with these children reporting on and interviewing them. She's gone to their schools, their homes, their competitions and sporting events. I think that what has come from it is a pretty special project. You can see it here:

I'd love to hear what you think! So would she, I'm sure. If you have a comment for her, I will pass it along.

(Em and I went to college together. She is an amazing journalist!)


dtjunkie said...

I just read an interesting article on obesity called "Obesity: An Overblown Epidemic" by W. Wyat Gibbs. As you could guess from the title, the article questioned the statistics often cited by people who claim an obesity epidemic is sweeping the United States.

When I get a chance I'll check this out.

Stacie said...

Hers is more of a personal look at these four kids and what they are facing in terms of being 15, 5'5" and weighing 268 -- or whatever. :)

Where did you get that article? I might be doing an agenda setting project on obesity and might be able to use it in my lit review!

dtjunkie said...

It was originally published in Scientific American, but I read it in a book called "The Best American Science Writing 2006" edited by Atul Gawande.