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A New Screening Tool for Obesity in Children?

arm flexTraditionally, body mass index (BMI) percentile has been used to identify overweight and obesity in children. Although this measure isn’t without pitfalls, it’s often seen as the best option.

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Health Literacy: A Tool to Assess

health litAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the term health literacy refers to, “the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions.”

How does this relate to obesity in children?

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ICO 2016

Tico3his weekend I presented data from the RIPPLE RCT (the poster can be found here) at the International Congress of Obesity (ICO) in Vancouver, BC. To date, this conference represents the most personally rewarding experience based on the range of conference attendees that visited my poster; I was fortunate to meet and interact with well-known researchers from Australia, Canada, United States, and the UK.

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Comic Books – A Novel Tool to Educate Children

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Educating parents on children’s healthy lifestyle behaviors is important. However, little information on this topic is directly targeted towards children, particularly in the clinical setting. Anecdotally, and based on our PROP (Primary care Resources for Obesity in Pediatrics) study, the majority of tools and resources were targeted towards parents (vs. children), and had a readability level that far surpassed most children’s (<12 years) literacy levels.

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Children’s Media Use: Not Just TV!

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In a recent review entitled, “A systematic review of media parenting in the context of childhood obesity research,” the authors sought to determine factors related to children’s media use and media parenting (i.e., parenting practices related to children’s media use). Studies eligible for inclusion pertained to parenting and childhood obesity.

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