December 7, 2016
Six years after the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended that children as young as 6 be screened and treated for obesity, a report published Wednesday (Dec. 7) indicated doctors aren't screening children and insurance policies aren't covering treatment more significantly today. The report, which includes input from 43 multidisciplinary stakeholders, was published in Obesity, The Obesity Society's (TOS) journal and was the product of a conference sponsored by TOS, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight.
The report lists recommended changes, including family-based behavioral therapy, integrated chronic care and a multi-disciplinary team approach. For more on the study, go to Obesity.
Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar, a past president of The Obesity Society and chairman of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Texas Tech University, is available to discuss this report and the need for increased attention to childhood obesity. Dhurandhar began his career as a physician treating people with obesity, then turned to research, focusing on a human adenovirus that has been shown to cause obesity. He is a pioneer in the movement within the medical community to see obesity as a complex disease instead of the calories in vs. calories out model society accepted for decades.
Dr. Nikhil Dhurandhar, chairman, Department of Nutritional Sciences, (806) 834-6446 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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