- November 25th 2011
As ethnic and racial disparities in childhood obesity widen, there is a growing need for physicians to be more active in reducing such discrepancies and preventing obesity, a new study says.
The study's lead author encourages pediatricians and family physicians to measure children's and adolescents' body mass index at every checkup, and to discuss concerns about nutrition and weight with parents. Doctors also should advocate for local, state and national policies that aim to reduce obesity among this age group, the authors said.
The report, published online Aug. 16 in Pediatrics, found that although obesity rates have started declining for some adolescents, rates continue to increase among some ethnic and racial groups.
"We've known there are disparities in obesity, but we didn't realize that as some groups improve, those disparities are getting larger. ... We expect the difference will be even greater in the future. This is a real call to action," said lead author Kristine Ma [Read more]