Author: Amy Fleischman, MD, MMSc

Clinical Consult: Childhood obesity

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Pediatric obesity has become a national public health crisis over the last decade, with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recording rates of childhood obesity as high as 17 percent nationwide. This does not make the individual conversation with families about obesity and its consequences any simpler. In fact, the widespread nature of this problem has served to normalize it in society and often complicates the discussions and motivation for treatment. However, the dire potential consequences of childhood obesity mandate that we as pediatricians work to prevent as well as diagnosis and treat this disorder. …Read More

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