overweight For Some Child Refugees, A Journey From Food Scarcity To Obesity By Kristin Gourlay • Jan 13, 2015 Researchers with the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Pediatric Refugee Health Program in Providence have found that the longer child refugees stay in the U.S., the greater the chance they'll become overweight or obese. Obesity Down In Younger RI Kids, Unchanged In High Schoolers By Kristin Gourlay • Nov 6, 2014 Kristin Gourlay / RIPR Fewer elementary and middle school students in Rhode Island are obese. That’s according to a new analysis from Rhode Island Kids Count. But the needle isn’t budging on obesity in high schoolers. Is Obesity a Disease? By Kristin Gourlay • Jun 12, 2013 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention UPDATE: The AMA voted yes on calling obesity a disease, despite a committee's recommendations against it.