Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Why is childhood obesity a health epidemic?
Air Date: 9/9/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Christopher Bolling, MD
Christopher BollingChristopher F. Bolling, MD, is a pediatrician and partner Pediatric Associates in Crestview Hills, KY. He is a Volunteer Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Dr. Bolling serves as the Obesity Chair for the Kentucky Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is Chair Elect for the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Obesity. Dr. Bolling completed his pediatric residency and chief residency at CCHMC and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Published in the area of behavioral and primary care pediatrics, Dr. Bolling serves as a consultant in matters related to obesity prevention, motivational interviewing, community based participatory research, quality improvement, public policy and practice based research. He also speaks on and trains providers in public advocacy and has extensive experience in early child obesity prevention in the medical home and childcare settings.

Dr. Bolling was Kentucky State Lead for Be Our Voice, a program to train medical providers to be advocates for obesity prevention. He is the former president of the Northern Kentucky Medical Society, the Cincinnati Pediatric Research Group practice based research network, the Cincinnati Pediatric Society and the Medical Staff of Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
More than 23 million children and teenagers in the U.S. are obese or overweight, a statistic that health and medical experts consider an epidemic.

Throughout the month of September, doctors and parents work together to work towards preventing and treating childhood obesity.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), obesity leads to shorter life spans, lower quality of life, and numerous chronic medical problems, many of which now begin during childhood.

What are ways you can help prevent obesity in your child?

Listen in as Christopher Bolling, MD, shares how you can help prevent childhood obesity.
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