We are pleased to announce that the latest issue of Obesity Facts, 2016 issue 5, is available online. View the issue on the OFA website. https://www.karger.com/Journal/Issue/273123 The impact Factor of OBESITY FACTS has improved further. The 2015 Impact Factor of OBESITY FACTS is 2.400, up from 2.245 in 2014.
Childhood Obesity Is a Chronic Disease Demanding Specific Health Care – a Position Statement from the Childhood Obesity Task Force (COTF) of the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) – FullText – Obesity Facts 2015, Vol. 8, No. 5 – Karger
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Obesity, an Under-Diagnosed and Under-Treated Condition
Recognition of the magnitude and impact of obesity as a major health problem by physicians, the general population and policy makers lies at the foundation of developing effective strategies to successfully implement medical interventions in the management of both overweight and obesity. Despite the evident physical changes imposed by excess weight, surprisingly clear opportunities for overweight and obesity diagnosis as well as treatment are being missed with approximately less than 40% of primary care physicians computing their patients’ BMIs  . Moreover, only about one third of obese patients recall their doctor counselling them about losing weight, even though patients whose doctors discuss the problem with them are more likely to do something about it .
With the American Medical Association’s recent declaration that obesity is a serious disease  , a critical consideration of the ethics of treating childhood obesity is especially timely. Although data suggest that the childhood obesity epidemic has stabilized in some countries  , the levels remain too high; 18–49% of European children are overweight  . Consequently there is an immense and urgent need for the effective treatment of this complex disease. Unfortunately, the most recent Cochrane review concludes that, although familybased interventions can reduce excess weight in children and adolescents, long-term, effective and sustainable interventions for childhood obesity have yet to be identified.