Pediatric Annals

Feature Article 

Obesity

Steven P. Shelov, MD, MS

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

Abstract

What could be new as we read, once again, about the epidemic of obesity and new onset of type 2 diabetes in children? The facts are increasingly clear, as the accompanying articles detail, that this epidemic that is affecting our children is only accelerating over time. The increasing percentage of the United States (now almost every state) where a significant percent of the population has a body mass index at or above the 85% speak legions as to the widespread nature of this problem. The facts are so replicable, that they need not be repeated to any great extent. The reality surrounds us: all one has to do is keep one’s eyes open when you are in public spaces. From recreational stadiums, to theme parks, to walks along the beach, the prevalence of obesity in all age groups is just in plain site.

ABOUT THE GUEST EDITOR

Steven P. Shelov, MD, MS, a graduate of Yale University, completed his medical training at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He also received a master’s degree in administrative medicine at the University of Wisconsin in 1996.

Dr. Shelov served as Director of Pediatric Education and Vice Chairman and Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center until he became Chairman of Pediatrics and Vice President of Maimonides Infants and Children’s Hospital of Brooklyn, New York. He is also currently Professor Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

He is the author of more than 100 articles and 15 books, including being Editor in Chief of the American Academy of Pediatrics “Caring for your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Five.”

Dr. Shelov has been active in health policy, serving presidential administrations, and is currently working with New York State government leadership in addressing important child health care quality and financial issues.

Abstract

What could be new as we read, once again, about the epidemic of obesity and new onset of type 2 diabetes in children? The facts are increasingly clear, as the accompanying articles detail, that this epidemic that is affecting our children is only accelerating over time. The increasing percentage of the United States (now almost every state) where a significant percent of the population has a body mass index at or above the 85% speak legions as to the widespread nature of this problem. The facts are so replicable, that they need not be repeated to any great extent. The reality surrounds us: all one has to do is keep one’s eyes open when you are in public spaces. From recreational stadiums, to theme parks, to walks along the beach, the prevalence of obesity in all age groups is just in plain site.

ABOUT THE GUEST EDITOR

Steven P. Shelov, MD, MS, a graduate of Yale University, completed his medical training at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He also received a master’s degree in administrative medicine at the University of Wisconsin in 1996.

Dr. Shelov served as Director of Pediatric Education and Vice Chairman and Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center until he became Chairman of Pediatrics and Vice President of Maimonides Infants and Children’s Hospital of Brooklyn, New York. He is also currently Professor Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

He is the author of more than 100 articles and 15 books, including being Editor in Chief of the American Academy of Pediatrics “Caring for your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Five.”

Dr. Shelov has been active in health policy, serving presidential administrations, and is currently working with New York State government leadership in addressing important child health care quality and financial issues.

What could be new as we read, once again, about the epidemic of obesity and new onset of type 2 diabetes in children? The facts are increasingly clear, as the accompanying articles detail, that this epidemic that is affecting our children is only accelerating over time. The increasing percentage of the United States (now almost every state) where a significant percent of the population has a body mass index at or above the 85% speak legions as to the widespread nature of this problem. The facts are so replicable, that they need not be repeated to any great extent. The reality surrounds us: all one has to do is keep one’s eyes open when you are in public spaces. From recreational stadiums, to theme parks, to walks along the beach, the prevalence of obesity in all age groups is just in plain site.

ABOUT THE GUEST EDITOR

Steven P. Shelov, MD, MS, a graduate of Yale University, completed his medical training at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He also received a master’s degree in administrative medicine at the University of Wisconsin in 1996.

Dr. Shelov served as Director of Pediatric Education and Vice Chairman and Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center until he became Chairman of Pediatrics and Vice President of Maimonides Infants and Children’s Hospital of Brooklyn, New York. He is also currently Professor Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

He is the author of more than 100 articles and 15 books, including being Editor in Chief of the American Academy of Pediatrics “Caring for your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Five.”

Dr. Shelov has been active in health policy, serving presidential administrations, and is currently working with New York State government leadership in addressing important child health care quality and financial issues.

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