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Research Project: Metabolic and Epigenetic Regulation of Nutritional Metabolism

Location: Children's Nutrition Research Center

Title: The pediatric obesity encounter: Literature and resources to help with 4 common issues

item ZACHERY, MONTGOMERY - Children'S Nutrition Research Center (CNRC)
item SISLEY, STEPHANIE - Children'S Nutrition Research Center (CNRC)

Submitted to: Current Nutrition Reports
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/1/2020
Publication Date: 4/29/2020
Citation: Zachery, M., Sisley, S. 2020. The pediatric obesity encounter: Literature and resources to help with 4 common issues. Current Nutrition Reports. 9:94–100.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: We review here best practices and resources for pediatricians providing pediatric obesity management in 4 key areas: how to assess all of the relevant factors contributing to obesity, how to provide nutrition education, how to counsel families who eat out regularly, and what to do with patients who frequently make poor eating choices. While there are many resources indicating recommendations for the physical exam and laboratory tests, there are very few resources that give pragmatic advice on the counseling aspects of the pediatric obesity encounter. We note new nutrition researchshowing the importanceofavoidingultra-processed foods. Mostimportantly, we listseveral resources regarding useful questionnaires, nutrition guidance, and even further training for pediatricians. There is a needfor more curationofresources in differentaspects ofobesity care. We hopethatthis review and listof resources are helpful for pediatricians and will empower families and can be expanded in the future.