A Population Health Imperative: Tackling Childhood Obesity
Sarah E. Barlow, M.D., MPH
Ihuoma Eneli, M.D., MS, FAAP
Claudia Fox, M.D., MPH, MPA
Evan Nadler, M.D.
Fatima Cody Stanford, M.D., MPH, MPA
Moderator: Sarah E. Barlow, M.D., MPH, Professor of Pediatrics and Data and Population Sciences; Director, Children’s Health Integrated Program in Childhood Obesity, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Today about 1 in 3 children and teenagers are overweight or affected by obesity, and the percentage who have obesity has tripled since the 1970s. This trend – and the implications for children’s long-term well- being and longevity – has prompted the World Health Organization to call childhood obesity “one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century.” It’s a challenge that many children’s hospitals are aggressively researching and tackling, seeking to implement the best clinical responses and build out treatment and prevention programs that rely on community partnerships. Experts from several pediatric weight management programs discuss what is known about interventions that work and those that don’t.
–Ihuoma Eneli, M.D., MS, FAAP, Director, Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition, Nationwide Children’s Hospital; Professor of Pediatrics, Ohio State University
–Claudia Fox, M.D., MPH, MPA, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Co-Director of Center for Pediatric Obesity Medicine, University of Minnesota
–Evan Nadler, M.D., Co-Director for the Obesity Program and Director of the Child and Adolescent Weight Loss Surgery Program, Children’s National Health System; Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
–Fatima Cody Stanford, M.D., MPH, MPA, Obesity Medicine Physician Scientist, MassGeneral Hospital for Children Massachusetts, General Hospital, Harvard Medical School