Dr. Rafida Idris discusses obesity research on Voice of America network

Thursday, December 20, 2007

ORANGEBURG - Dr. Rafida Idris, associate professor of food and nutrition in SC State University’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, discussed her research on obesity to Voice of America (VOA) Bangla Service in a recent interview.

“An Integrated Approach to Prevention of Obesity in High-Risk Families,” is a multi-state research project funded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service. Extension agents, researchers, social scientists, environmentalists and nutritionists from twenty-five states are working together to investigate the causes for obesity in children. Based on their findings, the researchers plan to offer preventive measures that may help reduce the number of children from becoming overweight and obese. Idris’ research focuses on obesity among children in South Carolina.

According to its Web site, VOA is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. It broadcasts more than 1,000 hours of news, information, educational and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 115 million people.

Access to the interview, which was recorded in Bangla, the official language of Bangladesh, India, is available on VOA’s Web site.