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August 22/29, 2007

Childhood ObesityWhat It Means for Physicians

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, New Jersey.

JAMA. 2007;298(8):920-922. doi:10.1001/jama.298.8.920

An epidemic of childhood obesity and overweight, to which social, economic, and human behaviors have contributed, threatens long-term medical, psychosocial, and financial consequences beyond US society's current capacity to respond. How the epidemic is controlled will be about the art and practice of social and behavioral change as well as the art and science of medicine. Missing from much of the public discussion is what the epidemic means to medical practice and the role of physicians as agents of prevention and change.

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