Managing obesity – from childhood and onwards

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  • Dr YLVA TROLLE LAGERROS MD, PhD,

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    1. Department of Medicine, Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge, Stockholm
    2. Unit of Clinical Epidemiology, Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
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  • STEPHAN RÖSSNER

    1. Department of Medicine, Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge, Stockholm
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Unit of Clinical Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet, T2, SE 171 76, Stockholm, Sweden. Tel: + 46 8 517 79183. Fax: + 46 8 517 79304. ylva.trolle@ki.se

Abstract

It is unclear whether the obesity epidemic has come to a halt. Perhaps the incidence is declining, at least in pre-school children. However, the obesity rate is higher than ever before. Prevention is a priority, especially in children, but has not been very successful to date. Treatment has basically offered the same tools for decades. The recent development of obesity pharmacotherapy has regressed with — in most countries — only one drug of modest effect available. Bariatric surgery has therefore been considered one of the few solutions in the adult setting and is gaining increasing attention as a treatment option, even in pediatric extreme obesity. In some countries, government action for prevention has been taken, but too often resources have not been set aside. This review addresses new and old strategies to manage obesity — from childhood and onwards.

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