T1 - The childhood obesity epidemic

There is good evidence indicating that although obesity may start as a lifestyle-driven problem, it can rapidly lead to disturbed energy-balance regulation as a result of impaired hypothalamic signaling, which leads to a higher body-weight set point. Thus, obesity may be considered a disease initiated by a complex interaction of genetics and the environment.

T1 - The childhood obesity epidemic a role for pediatric dentists?

11 October 2017 - The number of obese children and adolescents has increased tenfold in the last 40 years, according to a study published in the Lancet today.

The Ending Childhood Obesity Implementation Plan guides policy-makers on the recommended actions to prevent and treat childhood obesity.

Childhood Obesity Facts | Overweight & Obesity | CDC

Blame school budget cuts and inadequate facilities for America’s childhood obesity epidemic.

Obesity prevention is critical because those who become overweight tend to have more serious comorbidities as obese adults, including cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers throughout the lifespan. The childhood obesity epidemic demands action, but action requires an evidence base to ensure optimal outcomes that are also cost-effective.

tried to make addressing the childhood obesity epidemic a priority.

The link between childhood obesity and unemployment was most pronounced among minority groups, a fact that’s perhaps unsurprising given how the recession disproportionately and . American Indians and Pacific Islanders were 22 percent more likely to become obese as unemployment rose. Among black children, obesity risk ticked up 1.6 percentage point for each single digit increase in unemployment.

But the fact is that we have an epidemic of childhood obesity.

AB - Since the 1970s, the incidence of obesity has more than doubled for children 2 to 5 years of age and adolescents 12 to 19 years of age, and has more than tripled for children 6 to 11 years of age. The increasing numbers of overweight and obese children and youth has led federal policymakers to rank it as a critical health threat. The purpose of this review article is to raise awareness within the pediatric dental community about the childhood obesity epidemic. This article reviews the underlying causes of childhood obesity and discusses the links between both nutrition and obesity to caries. Because pediatric health professionals have daily contact with children and their caregivers, the role of pediatric dentists in preventing and managing obesity is proposed and discussed. In addition, methods are presented that pediatric dentists can use to elevate awareness and address childhood overweight and obesity issues from practice-based, community-based, and advocacy/policy-based perspectives. The authors share an array of ideas that can be incorporated by the pediatric dental team in their practice and beyond.

Childhood Obesity in America: Biography of an Epidemic…

Currently, one in three U.S. adults is obese, bringing forth a possible health toll, including , , and . Another third of Americans are overweight.