As we learn more about obesity through the field of obesity medicine, recommendations will change. Yes, healthy lifestyle with well balanced eating and exercise remains important. However, ongoing evidence challenges old practices and beliefs, such as watchful waiting for a young child with obesity to outgrow their weight or dismissing how biologic, societal, and structural factors impact weight status. In addition, a new frontier of effective weight management treatments and interventions exist for kids who are severely impacted by obesity offering healthy outcomes.

For this episode, my guest, obesity medicine specialist, Dr. Sarah Armstrong and I will explore the new Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) for the Evaluation and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Obesity from the American Academy of Pediatrics that she coauthored. Our goal is to update parents/caregivers on why their pediatricians maybe talking differently when addressing children with obesity. 

We cover:

  • Current data on the childhood obesity epidemic and health related conditions
  • The CPG whole child approach 
  • Highlights of the new recommendations 
  • Health inequity in obesity medicine
  • Weight bias and stigma 

Thank you, Dr. Sarah Armstrong!

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Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Evaluation and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Obesity