Christina Economos, PhD

Christina Economos

Christina Economos, PhD, is co-founder and director of ChildObesity180, and is an associate professor and the New Balance Chair in Childhood Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. As the principal investigator of large-scale research studies, her goal is to inspire behavior, policy, and environmental change to reduce obesity and improve the health of America’s children. At ChildObesity180 she blends scientific evidence and rigor with innovation and experience from the private sector to develop, implement, evaluate, and scale high-impact obesity prevention initiatives. She led the groundbreaking Shape Up Somerville study demonstrating that it is possible to reduce excess weight gain in children through multiple leverage points within an entire community. Chris is involved in national obesity and public health activities including the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Obesity Solutions. She has been featured in numerous media outlets including CNN, NBC Nightly News, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek. (Boston, MA)