Epidemiologist, National Center for Health Statistics
Cynthia Ogden is an epidemiologist at the National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) overseeing the analysis group within the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Her research interests relate to nutrition, and in particular, growth and obesity. She worked on the revision of the 2000 CDC growth charts for children that are used to define obesity in U.S. children. Dr. Ogden has published extensively and given numerous presentations on obesity and dietary intake in the U.S. She joined CDC as a member of the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS). Before joining CDC, she worked in the Nutrition Division at the New York State Department of Health where she researched obesity among school children in New York counties. She has also worked on nutrition related projects for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and teaches a class in nutritional epidemiology at the George Washington School of Public Health. She earned her Ph.D. and masters degrees from Cornell University where her research focused on malnutrition among young children in Kigali, Rwanda.