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Childhood obesity epidemic, April 2018

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are close to 13 million obese children and adolescents in the United States.  Over the last 15 years, childhood obesity has been on the rise and is a growing health issue.  Click here to view the data on the prevalence of obesity in children and adults.

In Michigan alone, 32% of children between the ages of 10-17 years old were considered overweight/obese in 2016. Michigan ranks 10th in the nation for adult obesity at 32.5%. Early evidence-based interventions can help move the mark to lower this percentage of children that go into adulthood overweight.

The Pediatric Childhood Weight Management program (PWMP) at St. John Providence can help to provide overweight children with structured and multi-disciplinary approaches to achieve healthier body weights while increasing knowledge on healthy living.

This program was designed for children ages 7 - 17 years with body masses greater than 85th percentile for their age/gender. It can help to motivate children through nutrition education, along with education on exercise programs.

PWMP includes:

  • Initial evaluation
  • 12 group sessions (weekly)
  • Post evaluation
  • Follow-up evaluations (long term)

Physicians can help improve the quality of life for their overweight pediatric patients by referring these patients to the weight management program.  This process involves completion of an initial evaluation form. Click here to download form.  Patients must be referred by their physician/pediatrician.

Since childhood obesity can lead to increased risk for diabetes type 2 and hypertension, it is important to educate patients and the community on preventing obesity through improved nutrition and increased physical activity.  For questions regarding Pediatric Childhood Weight Management program, please contact St. John Providence Children’s Hospital office at 313-343-7047.

This blog is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Please consult your doctor for more information or if you have a medical concern.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control, St John Providence Children’s Hospital, State of Obesity

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