Sandy Hassink


Sandy Hassink’s research shows that the double burden of obesity and undernutrition is often carried by children in low-income neighborhoods, requiring a response that goes beyond diet and food security. 


Pediatrician Sandy Hassink has been a champion for reducing childhood obesity and the stigmas associated with it for over 30 years. After noticing an increase in overweight patients in the 1980’s, Sandy developed a holistic treatment regimen with a team of physiologists, nutritionists, and nurses—a model that eventually caught on around hospitals in the US. In 2015, Sandy served as President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, where she advocated for a strong foundation of nutrition at home, school, and in communities. She has contributed to numerous peer reviewed publications and is the author of the award winning book, A Parent's Guide to Childhood Obesity: A Roadmap to Health. Sandy founded and directed the Nemours Weight Management Clinic and headed the Nemours Obesity Initiative at Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington DE. She currently is the Medical Director for the American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight.


Video – Keynote: Dr. Sandra Hassink Keynote at Building a Culture of Health Conference in NJ

How we can help put the joy back into childhood, 2015.

A Parent's Guide to Childhood Obesity: A Road Map To Health, 2006.

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Pediatric Obesity Fighter