Overcoming Obesity in Childhood: New Advice and Treatment Options

Pediatric gastroenterologist and obesity expert Patrika Tsai, MD, MPH, presents major points from the American Academy of Pediatrics’ 2023 guidelines on care of overweight and obese children, including how to assess the condition's severity. With obesity affecting almost 20% of U.S. kids ages 2 to 9, earlier and more aggressive interventions are indicated, and Tsai breaks down screening essentials, medication options (explaining how to dose and what to expect), considerations and techniques for bariatric surgery, and keys to positive long-term outcomes.

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Patrika M. Tsai

Dr. Patrika M. Tsai is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology, nutrition and obesity. She has a research interest in hormonal changes that occur in childhood obesity and their effects on appetite. Tsai earned her medical degree at ...

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