Over the last 30 years, obesity rates nationwide have tripled among 12-19 year olds, and quadrupled in 6-11 year olds. Just as adults do, children struggle with a myriad of obesity- related health conditions. Diabetes cases have doubled over the last decade. If present trends continue, one in three American children will develop diabetes in their lifetime. The cardiovascular consequences of obesity among adults are widely recognized, but it is often not realized that the development of atherosclerosis and heart disease begin in early childhood.
In “Obesity: Adult Diseases the Pediatrician Can Prevent Today,” CHOC Children’s pediatrician Alexandra Roche, MD, reviews a number of health consequences that are a direct result of obesity. She points to data that supports intervention, treatment, and prevention in childhood. Dr. Roche also provides a comprehensive review of screening guidelines and interpretation of lab results, including recommendations for treatment versus lifestyle changes. This presentation will help pediatricians and other healthcare providers effectively manage their patients struggling with obesity.