The Future of Pediatric Obesity

  • Hutchinson J
  • Emerick J
  • Saxena H
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Abstract

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a steady increase in obesity over the last 30 years. The greatest increase was seen in 15 to 19 year olds, whose obesity prevalence almost doubled from 10.5% to 19.4%. The solution to pediatric obesity requires a multidisciplinary approach addressing cultural norms, technologic advances, and family engagement. Future treatment strategies to combat the obesity epidemic will have to extend beyond the health care provider's office. Behavior modification remains the key component to pediatric obesity prevention and treatment.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Motivational interviewing
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Peer influence
  • Physical activity
  • Social media
  • Wearable technology

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Authors

  • Jeff Hutchinson

  • Jill Emerick

  • Harshita Saxena

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