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Child and Adolescent Obesity

Obesity is a multifaceted condition involving biological, developmental, environmental, behavioural, and genetic variables, and it is a major public health issue. The most prevalent cause of obesity in childhood and adolescence is an imbalance in energy balance, or an excess of calories consumed without an equal number of calories expended. Epigenetics, the gut microbiota, intrauterine and intergenerational impacts, and intrauterine and intergenerational effects have all recently been identified as contributing causes to the obesity pandemic. Other factors, such as being short for gestational age (SGA) at delivery, formula rather than breast feeding in infancy, and early protein introduction into an infant's diet, have been linked to weight growth that can last a lifetime. Childhood obesity is becoming more common, posing a substantial public health threat by increasing the burden of chronic noncommunicable diseases. Obese children and teenagers may also experience psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, negative body image, peer interactions, and eating disorders.

Committee Members
Speaker at Pediatrics and Neonatology 2024 - Peter Averkiou

Peter Averkiou

Florida Atlantic University, United States
Speaker at Pediatrics and Neonatology 2024 - Magdy W Attia

Magdy W Attia

Nemours Children's Health Care System, United States
Speaker at Pediatrics and Neonatology 2024 - David J R Hutchon

David J R Hutchon

Memorial Hospital, Darlington, United Kingdom
Speaker at Pediatrics and Neonatology 2024 - Kate Tauber

Kate Tauber

Albany Medical Center, United States
EPN 2024 Speakers
Speaker at Pediatrics and Neonatology 2024 - Renee J Dufault

Renee J Dufault

Food Ingredient and Health Research Institute, United States
Speaker at Pediatrics and Neonatology 2024 - David J Sperbeck

David J Sperbeck

North Star Behavioral Health Hospital, United States
Speaker at Pediatrics and Neonatology 2024 - Kim Amer

Kim Amer

DePaul University School of Nursing, United States
Speaker at Pediatrics and Neonatology 2024 - James D St Louis

James D St Louis

Augusta University, United States
Speaker at Pediatrics and Neonatology 2024 - Deanna Dahl Grove

Deanna Dahl Grove

UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, United States
Speaker at Pediatrics and Neonatology 2024 - Berkeley L Bennett

Berkeley L Bennett

Nationwide Children's Hospital, United States

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