, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 163-165
Date: 24 Sep 2009

The current state of pediatric obesity treatment

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Obesity is perhaps one of the most troubling and difficult to treat conditions faced by healthcare providers today. Despite the well intentioned efforts of the medical community, we have done little to curtail rates of obesity in either the adult or pediatric population [1]. Obesity is a well established risk factor for a multitude of chronic diseases in adults including type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease. Evidence from the past several decades has now definitively shown that the origins of these diseases begin in childhood and are associated with an obese body habitus. The medical community is now faced with not only a growing population of obese children with signs of what were previously only “adult” diseases (metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, markers of early atherosclerotic disease), but an impending tsunami of clinically evident premature cardiovascular disease in a young adult population that were obese as children. In addition, obesity, in and of itself, has