Pediatric Annals

Editorial 

Fat City: 2007

Stanford T. Shulman, MD

  • Pediatric Annals. 2007;36(2)
  • Posted February 1, 2007

Abstract

Like global warning, that our youth (especially among minorities) are experiencing an epidemic of obesity, or overweight, cannot really be disputed. The diagnosis is not difficult, but the therapy is not simple and is resource intensive. When successful, the payoff from instituting a comprehensive treatment for this problem can be rewarding and beneficial for the long-term health of the individual child. The complications are well documented, the epidemiology quite clear, the pathophysiology complex but becoming more clear, but the therapeutic approaches that offer a reasonable chance of success have not been very obvious to me.

Abstract

Like global warning, that our youth (especially among minorities) are experiencing an epidemic of obesity, or overweight, cannot really be disputed. The diagnosis is not difficult, but the therapy is not simple and is resource intensive. When successful, the payoff from instituting a comprehensive treatment for this problem can be rewarding and beneficial for the long-term health of the individual child. The complications are well documented, the epidemiology quite clear, the pathophysiology complex but becoming more clear, but the therapeutic approaches that offer a reasonable chance of success have not been very obvious to me.

Like global warning, that our youth (especially among minorities) are experiencing an epidemic of obesity, or overweight, cannot really be disputed. The diagnosis is not difficult, but the therapy is not simple and is resource intensive. When successful, the payoff from instituting a comprehensive treatment for this problem can be rewarding and beneficial for the long-term health of the individual child. The complications are well documented, the epidemiology quite clear, the pathophysiology complex but becoming more clear, but the therapeutic approaches that offer a reasonable chance of success have not been very obvious to me.

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