Preventing the Long-Term Health Effects of Childhood Obesity (22nd Annual National Conference)
This activity consists of a recorded presentation from 22nd Annual National Conference held in Minneapolis, MN on September 24-26, 2013.
Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese in 2010. In the long term, obese children are likely to become obese adults. The fact is children’s lives may already be at risk for adult diseases. For example, in a population-based sample of 5- to 17-year-olds, 70 percent of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. In this session, learn how obesity predisposes children to adult diseases like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and understand the impact on this young population. Our current health care system must find ways to address the long-term risk for adult diseases in children.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to
- List three adult health problems for which obese children might become at risk
- Describe the physiologic impact that obesity has on a child’s growth and development
Colleen Buggs-Saxton, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Section of Pediatric Endocrinology
Children’s Hospital of Michigan
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