The Obesity Prevention and Treatment Committee
The Obesity Prevention and Treatment Committee continues to work on developing strategies to identify, prevent, and control the problem of pediatric obesity as well as serve as a resource to the MCAAP in the area of obesity prevention and treatment. The Committee meets approximately once per year and more frequently as needed to address specific issues, projects and concerns. There is a core group of pediatricians in attendance for these meetings representing both general pediatrics as well as obesity-related pediatric sub-specialties. All interested pediatricians are welcome to join the committee.
- Recent initiatives undertaken by the Committee have included the following: The Committee has been interested in the topic of food advertising to children. The committee has discussed different approaches to addresses this topic and engaging the membership. Based on support of the membership assessed by survey, the Committee submitted a resolution entitled “Ban on Junk Food Advertising to Children” to the 2014 AAP ALF which was accepted in March 2014. The Committee continues to follow the work of the AAP Council on Communication and Committee on Nutrition tasked to respond to the resolution.
- The Committee surveyed the MCAAP membership regarding BMI Screening practices in schools in 2013. The project was led by Clement Bottino MD in General Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital. The results were published in Clinical Pediatrics in 2015.
- The Committee has been exploring the issue of industry sponsorship of initiatives aimed at improving healthy lifestyles for children. The Committee will assess views of the membership on this issue and exploring collaboration with other AAP chapters, which are also working on this issue.
- The Committee remains a resource for review of obesity-related grants, legislative bills and initiatives seeking feedback and/or support from the MCAAP.