Posts Tagged ‘teens and weight’

Child and adolescent obesity: AMA recommendations–but is more needed?

Friday, July 25th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

The name of the report is the American Medical Association “Expert Committee Recommendations on the Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Obesity.” Do you want fries with that? If ever an acronym was needed …

It has good ideas, but the question is: How do we get people to put them into practice? I have a feeling answers are in the works.

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How to help teens enjoy exercise

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.tennis

By age 15, the majority of teens don’t meet the 60 minutes of daily exercise the Department of Health and Human Services recommends, says a new study the July 16 Journal of the American Medical Association.

“Lack of physical activity in childhood raises the risk for obesity and its attendant health problems later in life,” said Duane Alexander, M.D., Director of NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), in an NIH press release. “Helping American children maintain appropriate activity levels is a major public health goal requiring immediate action.”

With all the recent publicity regarding the “obesity epidemic” in children, their risk of diabetes, heart disease and the recommendation of cholesterol lowering medicine in some, Dr. Alexander’s statement seems timely. But what can parents do? (more…)

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