This site offers information and resources for professionals who care for children with overweight and obesity and their families. It was created by the Children’s Obesity Action Team at Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.
Obesity is the largest health problem facing children as identified by national health policy makers with approximately 15% of American children aged 6 to 19 already overweight.
Co-morbidities (Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, orthopedic difficulties depression) associated with obesity in children and adolescents have been well documented.
The emotional consequences of childhood obesity, including a diminished quality of life, are gaining increased recognition.
Through regular contact with patients and their families, community health care providers are on the frontlines of dealing with this challenging issue.
This web-based resource manual is intended to prioritize information and resources on childhood obesity to assist you in your efforts with children and their families.