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Editorial
August 2003

Influencing the Childhood Behaviors That Lead to ObesityRole of the Pediatrician and Health Care Professional

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2003;157(8):719-720. doi:10.1001/archpedi.157.8.719

THIS ISSUE of the ARCHIVES is devoted to the problem of obesity: a chronic health condition whose behavioral antecedents begin in childhood and whose physical and emotional comorbidities often continue into adulthood. As obesity at all ages becomes more common and its lifelong consequences more apparent, there is a growing public interest in acting on this problem before adulthood. We were fortunate in having an enthusiastic response to our call for papers for this special issue and received many more than we are able to publish. We believe that the articles selected for this issue offer our readers fresh and diverse perspectives on obesity and present a role for health care professionals in dealing with this complex public health problem.

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