Pediatric care providers are often discouraged by the scope and magnitude of our current childhood overweight epidemic. Numerous studies have shown the adverse consequences of pediatric obesity, ranging from short-term physical and psychosocial consequences to long-term consequences that manifest in adulthood. In this study we investigated rates of overweight and at-risk for overweight children in a community health center in urban Honolulu, Hawai'i which serves a large multi-cultural and multi-ethnic population with a large presence of Asians and Pacific Islanders. This was done by conducting a chart review of the pediatric patients in the clinic. Twenty-four children had been formally diagnosed and recorded in their charts as obese/overweight during the last 2 years, out of 4,640 pediatric patients seen (less than 0.5%). However, according to this study roughly 140 overweight children are seen monthly at this clinic, indicating a prevalence of more than 50%. Samoan and Micronesian children were found to be primarily impacted.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Hawaii medical journal|
|State||Published - Apr 2006|
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