HOW TO OBTAIN CME CREDITS BY READING THIS ISSUE
Pediatricians can receive Category 1 credits for the Physician's Recognition Award of the American Medical Association by reading the following articles and successfully completing the quiz at the end of the issue. Complete instructions are given on the quiz pages.
The pretest below has been prepared to assist you in studying the following material. It indicates some of the areas to be covered and will make it possible for you to challenge your current knowledge of the material before reading further.
Childhood obesity is the new epidemic of our age. Indeed, it has been estimated that this generation may be the first to live a shorter lifespan than those preceding it. At no other time since the introduction of childhood vaccines have pediatricians been placed in such a critical position to influence a future generation's well being.
Pediatricians must overcome their own personal biases toward obesity and actively begin to screen and provide counseling for children who are overweight or at risk for overweight. With little research into the best methods for controlling weight gain in children, health care providers must rely on studies performed in adults to develop strategies that account for the nutritional needs of the growing child and young adult. Added to this challenge is a lack of interest on the part of third-party payers to provide coverage for preventive measures. This "penny-wise and poundfoolish" approach will only lead to higher healthcare costs, as overweight children become obese adults with well-documented chronic comorbidities.
This issue of Pediatric Annals provides the participant with excellent reviews of the challenging task of managing the overweight child.