Addressing Obesity With Pediatric Patients and Their Families in a Primary Care Office
Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice
Pediatric obesity is a prevalent condition that has devastating health consequences for children. If left untreated, it can result in adult obesity and related chronic health conditions. Special considerations need to be made for treatment in the pediatric population including an adjustment of treatment goals (weight maintenance vs weight loss) and treatment methodologies. Special emphasis needs to be made to support a child's development of healthy behavior choices. The use of medications should be avoided when possible because long-term health effects of pharmacotherapy treatment in children are unknown.
diet, exercise, pediatric obesity, treatment
Mayfield CA, Suminski R. Addressing Obesity With Pediatric Patients and Their Families in a Primary Care Office. Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice. 2015; 42(1). doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2014.09.008.