NEJM Article Makes International Headlines

Headshot of Zach Ward.

A recent paper by doctoral student and CHDS programmer Zach Ward has gained international media attention. The paper, part of the CHOICES project, found alarming projections of future obesity for children in the US. Published on November 30 in the New England Journal of Medicine, the article has already been viewed over 9,000 times in dozens of countries, and ranks in the top 1% of all medical journal articles in social media coverage. The article was also covered by more than 50 mainstream media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, WBUR, The Guardian, Reuters, Time, and USA Today.

The CHDS Media Hub collaborated with Ward to design and produce side-car media products which explain the methodology and results to different audiences (Watch the video). The multimedia products were used in coverage from the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, WBUR, The Guardian, Reuters, Time, and USA Today.

Learn more: Video Summary of NEJM Paper (Video production credit: Jake Waxman, CHDS Media Hub)

Explore the resource pack on childhood obesity, curated by the Center for Health Decision Science, to showcase existing cost-effectiveness analyses and motivate students, educators and others to pursue new applications of decision science methods to the public health challenge of obesity.

About the CHDS Media Hub

If you are interested in collaborating with the CHDS Media Hub to create novel multimedia to communicate your decision science research findings, please contact the Media Hub Director, Jake Waxman.

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