Pediatric Annals

CME Article 

Complications of Obesity in Childhood

Sreenivas Dutt Gunturu, MD; Svetlana Ten, MD

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

Abstract

Childhood obesity is a serious health problem. Associated dyslipidemia, atherosclerosis, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes decrease quality of life and life span. Excessive carbohydrate and fat consumption and lack of exercise are important keys to the development of these complications, especially during adolescence.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Sreenivas Dutt Gunturu, MD, and Svetlana Ten, MD, are with the Pediatric Endocrinology Division of Maimonides Infants and Children’s Hospital of Brooklyn, New York.

Address correspondence to: Svetlana Ten, MD, 977 48th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11219.

The authors disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

  1. Determine the epidemiology of childhood obesity in the United States.
  2. Review the natural history of obesity in childhood.
  3. Identify the various complications associated with childhood obesity.

Abstract

Childhood obesity is a serious health problem. Associated dyslipidemia, atherosclerosis, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes decrease quality of life and life span. Excessive carbohydrate and fat consumption and lack of exercise are important keys to the development of these complications, especially during adolescence.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Sreenivas Dutt Gunturu, MD, and Svetlana Ten, MD, are with the Pediatric Endocrinology Division of Maimonides Infants and Children’s Hospital of Brooklyn, New York.

Address correspondence to: Svetlana Ten, MD, 977 48th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11219.

The authors disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

  1. Determine the epidemiology of childhood obesity in the United States.
  2. Review the natural history of obesity in childhood.
  3. Identify the various complications associated with childhood obesity.

Childhood obesity is a serious health problem. Associated dyslipidemia, atherosclerosis, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes decrease quality of life and life span. Excessive carbohydrate and fat consumption and lack of exercise are important keys to the development of these complications, especially during adolescence.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Sreenivas Dutt Gunturu, MD, and Svetlana Ten, MD, are with the Pediatric Endocrinology Division of Maimonides Infants and Children’s Hospital of Brooklyn, New York.

Address correspondence to: Svetlana Ten, MD, 977 48th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11219.

The authors disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

  1. Determine the epidemiology of childhood obesity in the United States.
  2. Review the natural history of obesity in childhood.
  3. Identify the various complications associated with childhood obesity.

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