It’s like rocket science…only more complex: challenges and experiences related to managing pediatric obesity in Canada Academic Article uri icon

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  • Pediatric obesity is an urgent and complex public health issue. Approximately one-third of Canadian children are overweight or obese, a proportion that highlights the need for effective and accessible services to improve short- and long-term health risks. In our experience, we have encountered a number of challenges common in pediatric obesity management across our clinical and research centers. For the purpose of this review, these challenges and our real-world experiences are grouped as issues that span (i) caring for children, adolescents, and families, (ii) collaborating with colleagues and (iii) working within the health care system. Collectively, we highlight a number of lessons learned from our years of experience and detail ongoing initiatives designed to optimize health services for managing obesity for children and adolescents in Canada.


  • Avis, Jillian LS
  • Bridger, Tracey
  • Buchholz, Annick
  • Chanoine, Jean-Pierre
  • Hadjiyannakis, Stasia
  • Hamilton, Jill
  • Jetha, Mary M
  • Legault, Laurent
  • Morrison, Katherine
  • Wareham, Anne
  • Ball, Geoff DC

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  • May 2014