Severe obesity in children and adolescents: identification, associated health risks, and treatment approaches: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association.

@article{Kelly2013SevereOI,
  title={Severe obesity in children and adolescents: identification, associated health risks, and treatment approaches: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association.},
  author={Aaron S Kelly and Sarah E. Barlow and Goutham Rao and Thomas H. Inge and Laura L Hayman and Julia Steinberger and Elaine M. Urbina and Linda J Ewing and Stephen Robert Daniels},
  journal={Circulation},
  year={2013},
  volume={128 15},
  pages={1689-712}
}
Severe obesity afflicts between 4% and 6% of all youth in the United States, and the prevalence is increasing. Despite the serious immediate and long-term cardiovascular, metabolic, and other health consequences of severe pediatric obesity, current treatments are limited in effectiveness and lack widespread availability. Lifestyle modification/behavior-based treatment interventions in youth with severe obesity have demonstrated modest improvement in body mass index status, but participants have… CONTINUE READING
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