A Population Health Imperative: Tackling Childhood Obesity

Monday, Nov. 18, 2019
2:45 PM–4:00 PM
Pediatric Priorities, Value and Population Health

Today about 1 in 3 children and teenagers have overweight or obesity; 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.