Over a third of children in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Obesity is associated with multiple negative health consequences, including diabetes, fatty liver, hypertension, dyslipidemia, musculoskeletal complaints, obstructive sleep apnea, and depression/anxiety. As primary care clinicians, we have a responsibility to screen and counsel patients and their families to both prevent and manage pediatric obesity. This talk will review the prevalence, diagnosis, and comorbidities associated with pediatric obesity as well as identify community- and patient-based strategies to prevent and manage it.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the prevalence of pediatric obesity and understand how it is affected by racial/ethnic and socioeconomic status disparities
  • Identify comorbidities associated with pediatric obesity
  • Identify community- and patient-based strategies to prevent and manage pediatric obesity