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Pediatric obesity in acute and critical care.

Authors
  • Kline, Andrea M
Type
Published Article
Journal
AACN advanced critical care
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2008
Volume
19
Issue
1
Pages
38–46
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1097/01.AACN.0000310750.85663.ae
PMID: 18418104
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Pediatric obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Significant obesity-related comorbidities are being noted at earlier ages and often have implications for the acute and critically ill child. This article will review the latest in epidemiologic trends of pediatric obesity and examine how it affects multisystem body organs. The latest data evaluating the specific effects of obesity on acute and critically ill children will be reviewed. Available nonpharmacologic, pharmacologic, and surgical strategies to combat pediatric obesity will be discussed.

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