Childhood obesity prevention in the 80th Texas legislative session

Kailly E Harrell, The University of Texas School of Public Health


The increased number of obese children in the United States has prompted many efforts to reduce obesity by predominantly focusing resources to develop better education, awareness, nutrition and physical activity. There has been increased interest within communities and governments to turn to policy makers for help in taking action. The possibility for various health policies geared toward preventing childhood obesity is diverse in nature. In order to understand strategies taken by Texas legislatures to address childhood obesity, this study examines childhood obesity prevention policy recommendations and subsequently uses them to identify relevant legislation. This study follows identified legislation during the 80th Texas legislative session to gain an understanding of the steps that the Texas legislatures are currently taking to prevent childhood obesity. This study concludes that the Texas legislative process was successful at effecting changes in education policy. However, during this legislative session Texas legislators did not follow many strategies and recommendations which may be more effective at reducing childhood obesity.

Subject Area

Public health

Recommended Citation

Harrell, Kailly E, "Childhood obesity prevention in the 80th Texas legislative session" (2008). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1450319.