Childhood obesity for pediatric gastroenterologists

Jeannie S. Huang, Sarah E. Barlow, Ruben E. Quiros-Tejeira, Ann Scheimann, Joseph Skelton, David Suskind, Patrika Tsai, Victor Uko, Joshua P. Warolin, Stavra A. Xanthakos

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Obesity in childhood is one of the major health issues in pediatric health care today. As expected, the prevalence of obesity-related comorbidities has risen in parallel with that of obesity. Consultation regarding these concomitant diseases and subsequent management by subspecialists, including pediatric gastroenterologists, is now common and has resulted in obesity being recognized as a chronic disease requiring coordination of care. Although medications and even surgery may provide effective, though often temporary, treatments for obesity and its comorbidities, behavioral interventions addressing healthy dietary and physical activity habits remain a mainstay in the obesity treatment paradigm. Therefore, the issue of weight management must be addressed by both general practitioner and subspecialist alike. In this report, we review select aspects of pediatric obesity and obesity-related management issues because it relates in particular to the field of pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-109
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013


  • bariatric surgery
  • diet
  • micronutrient deficiency
  • motivational interviewing
  • nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
  • obesity
  • sleep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Gastroenterology


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