Pediatric obesity is an epidemic in the USA and other developed countries affecting more than 30% of children. Weight Management: Childhood and Adolescence FAQs, part of the Geisinger Healthcare System FAQs series, is intended as a patient education resource for patients, family members, and the physicians who treat them. The book succinctly explains what obesity is, what contributes to so many children being obese, and how to determine if your child is obese. The authors provide brief, focused answers to common questions and important tips on what you can do as a parent to help you, your child, and your family live healthier lives. The text offers discussions of the different methods of treating childhood obesity before it creates significant problems into adulthood. The focus is on treating obesity through awareness, lifestyle changes, physical activity and nutrition. As with all titles in the FAQ series, this book works to educate patients and provide concise, current information for common health conditions.
William J. Cochran is a pediatric gastroenterologist and nutritionist at the Geisinger Clinic in Danville, Pennsylvania, where he has worked since 1987. In addition to his clinical practice Dr. Cochran is director of the Pediatric Weight Management Program at Geisinger, a multi-specialty program for overweight children and their families. He is also an active researcher and contributor at the state and national levels as a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Obesity and longtime Chairman of the Nutrition Committee of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the AAP. Dr. Cochran received his BA in biology prior to attending medical school at the Pennsylvania State University/Milton S. Hershey Medical Center College of Medicine. He is an experienced teacher and the author of numerous publications in the field of pediatric nutrition and weight management.