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According to the CDC, one in five children in the United States has overweight or obesity. Genetics, diet, and physical activity all play a role in this epidemic, but surprisingly, so does lack of sleep. Studies have shown that toddlers who don’t get enough sleep (11-14 hours of sleep a day including naps), have trouble falling asleep or sleeping through the night are at a greater risk for childhood obesity. Join Massachusetts General Hospital physician Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, for a discussion about children, nutrition and sleep.
Dr. Stanford is an obesity medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School (HMS). Dr. Stanford received her BS and MPH from Emory University as a MLK Scholar, her MD from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine as a Stoney Scholar, and her MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Zuckerman Fellow in the Harvard Center for Public Leadership. She completed her Obesity Medicine & Nutrition Fellowship at Mass General/HMS after completing her internal medicine and pediatrics residency at the University of South Carolina. She has served as a health communications fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and as a behavioral sciences intern at the American Cancer Society. Upon completion of her MPH, she received the Gold Congressional Award, the highest honor that Congress bestows upon America’s youth. Dr. Stanford has completed a medicine and media internship at the Discovery Channel. An American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Leadership Award recipient in 2005, an AMA Paul Ambrose Award for national leadership among resident physicians in 2009, she was selected for the AMA Inspirational Physician Award in 2015. The American College of Physicians (ACP) selected her as the 2013 recipient of the Joseph E. Johnson Leadership Award and the Massachusetts ACP selected her for the Young Leadership Award in 2015. She is the 2017 recipient of the Harvard Medical School Amos Diversity Award and Massachusetts Medical Society Award for Women’s Health.
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