Pediatric Obesity: Prevalence, Management and Intervention Programs

News Story: November 30, 2015

Sacred Heart University’s Department of Exercise Science will host a colloquium on Wednesday, December 2, at 2 p.m. in University Commons about pediatric obesity. Students will discuss what they’ve learned in their senior seminar class. This event is free and open to the public.


  • What diet interventions work?
  • How can families work together?
  • Are there simple strategies to increase daily physical activity and/or energy expenditure? 

Topics discussed will also include:

  • What is childhood obesity?
  • What is its prevalence? Nationwide? Statewide?
  • Co-morbidities of pediatric obesity
  • Physical activity recommendations for those working with children
  • How does the school system have an effect?
  • Advertisement impact on food choices
  • Assessment of body fat 
  • Parents as role models
  • Motivational and behavioral aspects
  • Weight stigma & social isolation of obese children
  • Ethnic differences
  • Clinical management