Interactive Session - Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Special Interest Group - Obesity in Adolescents: Diagnosis and Management
Time:1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Location:Room 5 - San Diego Convention Center
Michael J. Heard, M.D. (Chair), Heard Clinic
Janice L. Bacon, M.D., Lexington Medical Center
Erik B. Wilson, M.D., University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Carol Wolin Riklin, M.A., R.D., L.D., University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Obesity in Adolescents: Diagnosis and Management
Needs Assessment and Description
Obesity has become the most common health problem
in children. It leads to medical conditions such as
cardiovascular and liver disease, diabetes mellitus type
II, sleep apnea and metabolic syndrome. Diagnosis and
treatment of obesity in adolescents is paramount to
preventing these significant health consequences and will
be the focus of this live session for healthcare providers
involved in the care of adolescents.
At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able
- Differentiate between the current criteria for diagnosis of
the overweight and the obese adolescent.
- Apply current understanding of weight management
in the adolescent population with appropriate health
screening and treatment options that include diet and
exercise recommendations, medical therapy and surgical
After participating in this session, in my practice I will do the
- Screen all adolescents for diabetes.
- Perform health screening for obesity-related medical
conditions in adolescents and engage weight
management options for appropriate medical
- Discuss adolescent obesity with parents as a normal
condition of childhood.
- Never consider referral for surgery as an option for
treatment in the obese adolescent.
- Consider diagnosis of cardiovascular disease and type II
diabetes only in the adult population.
- Not applicable to my area of practice.