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Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1997 May 28;817:225-40.

Management of childhood obesity in pediatric practice.

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Child Health Center, American Health Foundation, Valhalla, New York 10595, USA. chrisw@pol.net

Abstract

Evaluation of obese children and adolescents in the pediatric office or clinic should include baseline assessment of weight for height and body fatness; rule out endocrine and genetic causes of obesity; and evaluate other health-risk factors, such as those for cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and hypertension. Treatment of obesity is most successful if realistic goals are set; a balanced low-fat/high-fiber diet is stressed; a safe rate of weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds per week is achieved through a moderate reduction of caloric intake (approximately 20-25% decrease); increased physical activity is stressed as much as diet; parental support is strong; and behavior therapy is provided during the course of treatment to help both child and parent achieve the diet, exercise, and behavior goals.

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