New research from our Center investigators suggests that early exposure to traffic pollution may be linked to unhealthy diet in adolescence.
by Leigh Hopper, USC Media Relations
Could air pollution be making us fat?
A new USC study suggests that exposure to traffic pollution during childhood makes adolescents 34 percent more likely to eat foods high in unhealthy trans fats — regardless of household income, parent education level or proximity to fast-food restaurants. The findings on air pollution and obesity in teens appear in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
“Strange as it may seem, we discovered kids in polluted communities ate more fast food than other kids,” said Zhanghua Chen, a postdoctoral research associate in the department of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and the study’s first author.
The Community Engagement Core of the MADRES Environmental Health Disparities Center is pleased to share a video about our work to build environmental health literacy around toxins and health impacts found in commonly used household cleaning products with Latina mothers. The popular education workshops, done in partnership with public health interns from CalStateLA, introduce concepts of environmental health and justice rooted in participants lived experience while providing alternative methods for participants to create their own “Do It Yourself” green cleaning products.
View event video, live tweet feed, questions, answers and more about air pollution and children’s health.
On Sunday April 24, 2016 the SC-CEHC co-sponsored the event: The air out there: Traffic, pollution and children’s health with southern california public radio station KPCC. USC Keck Professor Jim Gauderman participated in the panel discussion lead by KPCC Early Childhood Development correspondent Deepa Fernandez. This time provided many great questions and insights into the health effects of air pollution as well as community perspectives and experiences as awareness about how pollution affects health continues to grow in the Southern California region.
KPCC live tweeted the event via @KPCCInPerson. The event can be viewed in full below, including a question/answer session from the audience.
The faculty and staff at the Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center, are glad this is a day to bring attention to our earth and the ways that we can take action to help sustain it in the present and especially the future.
Today, over 170 at the United Nations are signing a historic climate agreement. You can watch their live and recorded coverage below. Continue reading “Earth Day 2016”
The Community Outreach team of the Southern California Children’s Environmental Health Center is co-sponsoring an event with local radio station KPCC on Sunday, April 24, 2016. The expert panel that has been assembled will include Jim Gauderman and community partners that the Community Outreach team has worked with over the years: Scott Chan and Elisa Nicholas.