Dean Margaret Grey testified on July 16, 2008, before the US Senate's Subcommittee on Children and Families of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, chaired by Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd.
"The obesity epidemic has led to an entire generation of youth developing type 2 diabetes in childhood, not in adulthood or old age as we are more used to seeing," Dean Grey stated during her testimony. "In addition to the severe physical complications of overweight and obesity, there are complications related to quality of life, depression and academic achievement. These complications have the potential to reduce the productivity of the next generation in the work force."
In addition to Senator Dodd, the Senate's Subcommittee on Children and Families is made up of Senators Lamar Alexander (TN), Jeff Bingaman (NM), Patty Murray (WA), Jack Reed (RI), Hillary Clinton (NY), Barack Obama (IL), Bernie Sanders (VT), Ted Kennedy (MA), Judd Gregg (NH), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Orrin Hatch (UT), Pat Roberts (KS), Wayne Allard (CO) and Mike Enzi (WY).
Others testifying on the panel included Jeff Levi, PhD, Executive Director of Trust for America's Health, Washington DC; Dr. Francine Kaufman, Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Communications at the Keck School of Medicine and the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; and Bruce Lesley, President, First Focus, Washington DC.
In addition to her time before the Senate Subcommittee, Dean Grey had personal meetings with Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and California Representative Lois Capps.