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Obesity is defined as a generalized accumulation of body fat. It is measured by the body mass index (BMI), which is determined by a person's height and weight.
It is important to remember that BMI is just one number among a host of information that a care and support team will solicit from a child and their family. Diet, activity levels, environment, genetics and other factors are all relevant in making assessments and treatment plans.
It is estimated that from 15-30% of adolescents are obese in the U.S. It also estimated that 50-77% of children and adolescents who are obese will carry their obesity into adulthood. Obesity can cause devastating physical and psychological effects and increase the risk of developing serious and often life-threatening conditions. These include:
The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”