|New Research From All Children’s Hospital Shows Few At-Risk Children Outgrow Obesity|
New Research From All Children's Hospital Shows Few At-Risk Children Outgrow Obesity
St. Petersburg, Fla. - May 5, 2014 - A new study by researchers from All Children's Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Children's Center shows that few school-age children are able to outgrow their weight problems. Raquel Hernandez, M.D., M.P.H., lead investigator and assistant professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Associate Director of Medical Education at All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine, presented the study's findings at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada.
"Our findings signal a worrisome trend of persistent weight troubles that don't simply go away as children grow and age," Hernandez says. "Our results underscore the critical importance of achieving healthy weight before kindergarten, which emerges as a critical predictor of healthy weight during school years and puts youngsters on a lifelong path to optimal health."
"All Children's Hospital is committed to curbing childhood obesity," said Kellie Gilmore, Fit4AllKids Outreach Coordinator. "By offering children access to one-on-one health and fitness coaching and teaching healthy eating habits, today's youth can avoid obesity early on and maintain a healthy weight throughout their life."
Other investigators on the study included: Arik V. Marcell, M.D., M.P.H.; Janelle Garcia, Ph.D.; Ernest Amankwah, Ph.D.; and Tina L. Cheng, M.D., M.P.H.
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