Pediatric Annals

Feature Article 

The ‘Skinny’ on Childhood Obesity: How Our Western Environment Starves Kids’ Brains

Abstract

EXCERPT

First things first: This article is written to get you motivated enough to do something as a pediatrician, parent, and community leader. The big question: Who’s to blame for our current childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemic? Depends on whom you ask. The Institute of Medicine says it’s an interaction between genetics and environment.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert H. Lustig, MD, is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology, and Director of the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program at the University of California at San Francisco Center for Obesity Assessment, Study and Treatment (COAST).

Address correspondence to: Robert H. Lustig, MD, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology Box 0434, UCSF, 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94143-0434, fax: 415-476-8214, lustig@peds.ucsf.edu.

Abstract

EXCERPT

First things first: This article is written to get you motivated enough to do something as a pediatrician, parent, and community leader. The big question: Who’s to blame for our current childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemic? Depends on whom you ask. The Institute of Medicine says it’s an interaction between genetics and environment.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert H. Lustig, MD, is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology, and Director of the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program at the University of California at San Francisco Center for Obesity Assessment, Study and Treatment (COAST).

Address correspondence to: Robert H. Lustig, MD, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology Box 0434, UCSF, 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94143-0434, fax: 415-476-8214, lustig@peds.ucsf.edu.

10.3928/0090-4481-20061201-08

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