Pediatric obesity treatment
Obesity is a health problem that affects an estimated 15 percent of children and teens in the United States. Today there are three times as many obese children and teens as there were 20 years ago.
UC Davis Children’s Hospital experts focus on the many factors that contribute to obesity and to the health conditions that can occur with it, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and liver and heart disease.
Their goal is to improve the quality of life of overweight children and teens by addressing obesity prevention and treatment through clinical care, advocacy, research, and education.
Pediatric endocrinology researchers associated with the hospital include Nicole Glaser, whose research focuses on pediatric diabetic ketoacidosis, a metabolic derangement caused by a deficiency of insulin. She also investigates methods for improving blood glucose control in children with diabetes.
Craig Warden uses molecular genetics techniques in mouse models to study the impact of natural genetic variants on obesity and on response to diet and exercise.
These clinicians and researchers work in cooperation with related programs and peers across the UC Davis campus, including the hospital’s Healthy Eating-Active Living Telehealth Community of Practice, a virtual learning and quality improvement network focusing on childhood and family obesity issues. Through video conferencing and other methods, rural clinicians throughout California learn how to better assess patients’ weight, provide counseling on nutrition and physical activity, screen for risk factors, and implement strategies to effectively discuss body weight.
UC Davis researchers from a variety of disciplines deal with pediatric obesity issues. For instance, professor of cardiovascular medicine William Bommer recently published a paper showing that the increase in rates of childhood obesity actually slowed from 2003 to 2008 among California school children.
The Department of Nutrition’s Center for Nutrition in Schools uses diet and nutrition education to address childhood obesity issues. Its mission is to provide research-based nutrition education programs and resources that improve student health and assist students in achieving their full potential.