An estimated 32% of children in the U.S. are overweight or obese, with even greater prevalence among children living below the poverty level. Childhood obesity is linked to a number of serious risks and conditions and the problem has received widespread attention in recent years. Unfortunately, effective solutions are scarce. During this ECHO series, we will talk about both the scope of obesity in our country and recommendations for managing weight and conversations about weight in the primary care setting. We will discuss the recommendations for primary care providers put forth by the American Medical Association (AMA) which were divided into subcategories that include: reviewing life style habits, family history, physical examination, and laboratory testing. We will also learn about environmental causes of obesity as well as co-morbidities. This series is suitable for all primary care providers who see children and adolescent patients.
Topics for Case-Based Learning and Discussion Include:
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Chairman, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, UH Cleveland Medical Center Division Chief, Family Medicine, UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Chief, Clinical Well-Being Officer, UH Cleveland Medical Center Clinical Professor, Family Medicine, CWRU School of Medicine