Abstract

Given the vast array of topics that are important to cover at infant health maintenance visits, extensive discussion about growth, growth charts, and healthy lifestyle may be challenging for providers. Nonetheless, obesity and its comorbidities threaten both individual patients and the health care system. To break the vicious cycle of obese children becoming obese adults who have obese offspring, preventing behaviors that lead to obesity must be implemented during the very earliest periods of life, the prenatal period and infancy. For pediatric care providers, there are numerous opportunities to intervene, and good communication with families about healthy growth and lifestyle are a promising beginning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-133
Number of pages27
JournalAdvances in pediatrics
Volume56
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 23 2009

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Primary Prevention
Obesity
Growth Charts
Growth
Comorbidity
Patient Care
Communication
Pediatrics
Delivery of Health Care
Healthy Lifestyle
Infant Health

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Paul, Ian ; Bartok, Cynthia J. ; Downs, Danielle Symons ; Stifter, Cynthia ; Ventura, Alison K. ; Birch, Leann L. / Opportunities for the Primary Prevention of Obesity during Infancy. In: Advances in pediatrics. 2009 ; Vol. 56, No. 1. pp. 107-133.
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