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Pediatric Obesity Resources

Physical Activity

Physical Activity

Physical activity is paramount in the treatment of children with obesity, as it is integral to their growth and development. Ensuring age-appropriate physical activity, in line with industry guidelines, is a key component of any effective obesity treatment plan. It can address immediate concerns and establish healthy lifestyle habits early on, fostering a lifelong commitment to physical well-being. Beyond physical advantages, regular physical activity contributes significantly to emotional well-being by improving self-esteem and mitigating stress, which are crucial for children with obesity. Physical activity emerges as a pivotal factor to tackling childhood obesity, offering a multitude of benefits that collectively contribute to improved health, heightened self-confidence, and long-term overall well-being.

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Nutrition Therapy

Establishing a customized, personalized approach to nutrition lies at the core of Nutrition Therapy for effective obesity treatment. When working with pediatric patients, this strategy becomes even more important and requires a family-centered approach. By delivering personalized guidance, we not only empower children but also their families to make informed choices regarding their nutrition. Additionally, nutrition therapy equips healthcare providers with the tools to educate and support their young patients in cultivating lifelong healthy nutrition habits. This holistic approach not only promotes overall well-being but also diminishes the long-term burden of obesity-related diseases.


Behavioral Modification

Behavioral Modification plays a pivotal role within a pediatric obesity treatment plan, as it delves into the multifaceted aspects of the disease that extend beyond physical aspects. Interventions such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or counseling are crucial in guiding children to comprehend their relationship with nutrition and physical activity. By addressing psychological and emotional needs, these interventions not only improve the physical health of children with obesity but also promote their psychological well-being. This holistic approach sets the stage for a brighter and healthier future for these young patients, fostering a comprehensive transformation in their overall health and quality of life.


Medical Interventions

Medical interventions are crucial for children with obesity, primarily because of the profound health risks associated with this condition. In the realm of pediatric obesity treatment, interventions encompass a variety of approaches, including access to FDA-approved medications, metabolic and bariatric surgeries, as well as endoscopic procedures. Recent advancements in both medication and surgical interventions have substantially broadened the available options for young patients with obesity. These interventions not only attend to immediate health concerns but also serve as a driving force for fostering healthier habits that can positively impact a child's entire life journey.

Pediatric Obesity Research Article Reviews

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Pediatric Research Update | Longitudinal Associations Between Facets of Sleep and Adiposity in Youth

Longitudinal Associations Between Facets of Sleep and Adiposity inYouth Article Summary This longitudinal study looks at aspects of Sleep that have been shown to be related to fat mass gain support the position statement of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), among others, for later school start times especially for adolescents. Article Review This longitudinal study from the NIH studies certain aspects of sleep and its correlation with weight gain. It looked at parameters beyond just sleep duration and correlated it with fat mass gain after one year. Facets of Sleep that have been shown in this study to be related to fat mass gain appear to support the position statement of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), among others, for later school start times especially for adolescents. There have been many review articles and clinical studies that have associated shortened duration of sleep and/ or sleep disruption with weight gain in both children and adults.

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Pediatric Research Update | Anti-obesity pharmacotherapy for treatment of pediatric type 2 diabetes: Review of the literature and lessons learned from adults

Each month, the OMA Pediatric Committee reviews a pediatric-focused obesity research update to help keep you up to date about the latest findings. 

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Pediatric Obesity in a Nutshell

Pediatric obesity… Pediatric obesity is a chronic, complex, and multifactorial medical condition that is treatable using a comprehensive approach. The prevalence of childhood obesity is…

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Pediatric Obesity Patient Resources

Refer to this list of helpful resources when talking to patients and families about pediatric obesity, collated by the OMA Pediatric Committee.

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Pediatric Obesity Algorithm®

The Pediatric Obesity Algorithm® provides health care professionals with an algorithm that guides the treatment of children and adolescents with overweight and obesity. The algorithm is based upon scientific evidence, supported by medical literature, and derived from the clinical experiences of practicing pediatric clinicians who treat obesity in infants, children, and adolescents.

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2023 SAP Vol2 Bundle

Self-Assessment Program Volume II - Pediatrics | Print + Digital Bundle

The SAP Vol. II — Pediatrics offers you an opportunity to highlight gaps in your understanding of pediatric obesity while advancing your treatment strategies. The question and answer and discussion format allow you to gain a deeper insight into the unique challenges and opportunities of treating childhood obesity.

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2023 Pediatric Office Forms Bundle

Pediatric Office Forms | Print + Digital Bundle

These template office forms are designed for use in a pediatric obesity medicine practice. They are intended to be samples of what other obesity medicine clinicians use to help you get started in your own practice. The downloadable package contains 11 forms, which are formatted as Microsoft Word documents.

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