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Special Issue of "Preventing Chronic Disease" Features NICHQ Obesity National Advisory Council Members

September 23, 2011

Two members of NICHQ’s Obesity National Advisory Council (NAC)—Reginald Washington, MD, and Beth Dworetzky, MS—contributed articles to the September 2011 Preventing Chronic Disease. The special issue focused on the theme “Ethical Issues in Interventions for Childhood Obesity.”

Dr. Washginton’s article, entitled “Childhood Obesity: Issues of Weight Bias,” centers on the social consequences of obesity. While the effects of obesity on children’s physical health are well researched, the more intangible social consequences are harder to quantify and thus less likely to be addressed in intervention programs.

Beth Dworetzky, MS, contributed to the article entitled “Children With Special Health Care Needs: Acknowledging the Dilemma of Difference in Policy Responses to Obesity”, which was written in collaboration with authors from Tufts University School of Medicine, Family Voices, and the Federation for Children With Special Needs. The article discusses the ethics of child obesity policy from the perspective of children with special healthcare needs (SHCN) and their families. The authors also refer to the dilemma of trying to identify policy concerns that are specific to children with SHCN and therefore ethically may require different approaches.

In addition to serving on NICHQ’s Obesity National Advisory Council, Dr. Washington serves as the Chief Medical Officer of the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver and is also affiliated with the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine. Ms. Dworetzky is the Project Director for Massachusetts Family Voices at the Federation for Children with Special Needs in Boston.

Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD) is a peer-reviewed electronic journal established by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to address the interface between applied public health research, practice, and policy. Articles focus on preventing and controlling chronic diseases and conditions, promoting health, and examining the biological, behavioral, physical, and social determinants of health and their impact on quality of life, morbidity, and mortality across the life span.
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• Preventing Chronic Disease:
• Article: Childhood Obesity: Issues of Weight Bias
• Article: Children With Special Health Care Needs: Acknowledging the Dilemma of Difference in Policy Responses to Obesity

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