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Obesity Prevention: It's Never Too Early to Begin Living a Healthy Lifestyle

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: The obesity epidemic hasn't gotten any better, so the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated their guidelines.
Air Date: 7/1/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Corinn Cross, MD
cori crossDr. Corinn Cross was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Barnard College where she graduated cum laude and majored in philosophy. She went on to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Cross did her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Cross has continued to work at CHLA as a general pediatrics attending.

Dr. Cross is actively involved in her local AAP, Chapter 2, where she is an obesity champion. She is co-founder of the Fit to Play and Learn Obesity Prevention curriculum. Through a collaboration between AAP Chapter 2 and the L.A. Unified School District this curriculum is being used to educate at-risk students and their parents on the risks of obesity and to help them to lead healthier lives. Dr. Cross is an AAP Spokesperson and speaks to children throughout the L.A. school district about obesity, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of walking to school.

Dr. Cross is a member of the Executive Board for the AAP's Council on Communications and Media. She is the Editor of the Council on Communications and Media's blog.
Obesity Prevention: It's Never Too Early to Begin Living a Healthy Lifestyle
Even though obesity rates have slowly started to decline in adults and preschool aged children, obesity is still a very serious problem for children and young adults.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 17 percent (12.7 million) children and adolescents between the ages of 2-19 are obese. Obesity is very complex disorder that is more than just a cosmetic issue. Besides having excessive amounts of skin, you also increase your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and many other health issues.

Due to little improvement in preventing childhood obesity, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) changed its guidelines (previously updated in 2003) to urge pediatricians to prioritize and be more active in childhood weight management.

How can your pediatrician be more involved?

Cori Cross, MD, shares why obesity rates haven't gotten any better for children, as well as why it's important to talk about prevention with your pediatrician.
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