Past Q-Call

Adolescent Obesity Counseling in the Office Setting

Friday, June 12, 2009

Childhood and adolescent obesity is on the rise at an alarming rate. In fact, nearly one in ten adolescents have been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome this year, putting them on a path toward cardiovascular disease and type two diabetes as they reach adulthood. How can we prevent these numbers from increasing? What does this mean for the future of adolescent health? This call will explore these issues and discuss initial methods of obesity management. In addition, our guest speaker, Dr. Goutham Rao, will evaluate a new behavioral change approach for counseling in the office setting.

Learning Objectives
After this Q-Call, you will be able to:

  1. Define obesity and metabolic syndrome in adolescents according to accepted criteria.
  2. Describe a rational approach to the initial evaluation and management of high blood pressure, dyslipidemia, and impaired glucose metabolism in overweight and obese adolescents.
  3. Describe a rational and practical approach to obesity counseling in the office setting based upon the “5As” counseling paradigm.

About the Speaker:
Goutham Rao, MD, Family Physician,  Bloomfield Garfield Family Health Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Clinical Director, Weight Management & Wellness Center, the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh; Associate Professor, Pediatrics, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; and Director, Center for Evidence-Based Medicine Education, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Rao has earned national recognition as a health policy researcher. Throughout his career, he has devoted much time to childhood and adolescent obesity prevention and treatment. He has written numerous publications, including a book entitled, Child Obesity; A Parent’s Guide to a Fit and Happy Child and is an active member of numerous committees, including the American Medical Association Expert Committee for the Prevention, Assessment and Management of Child and Adolescent Overweight Obesity. In addition, Dr. Rao is involved in several professional and scientific societies and participates in community service groups like the Family Planning Council, where he helps organize the counsel’s weight management policies and strategies. 

NICHQ thanks HSC Foundation for their support for this training/learning opportunity

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