The rise in the prevalence of adult obesity in the United States is a disturbing trend and a major public health concern. A particularly disturbing trend is the rise in childhood obesity. Recent studies have linked obesity in children to an increased prevalence of asthma and Type 2 diabetes, which is typically not seen in children. The role of practitioners (physicians, nurses) is central to helping children change their diets and increase their physical activity. Although the literature has established the epidemiology of childhood obesity, practitioners experience a number of barriers to providing effective behavior management to obese children and adolescents. In preparation for producing a counseling guide with treatment options for practitioners, barriers to and attitudes toward treatment and counseling of obese children were assessed through a national survey of practitioners. Harris Interactive, Inc., conducted the survey. The results are being analyzed and prepared for publication and dissemination as a special supplement in a peer-reviewed journal. This one-year grant will support in-depth analysis, publication and dissemination of assessment results in the American Journal of Pediatrics.
Amount Awarded $85,348.00
Awarded on: 6/22/2000
Time frame: 7/1/2000 - 4/30/2002
Grant Number: 38699