Wednesday: Reversing the trend of childhood obesity and diabetes

Staff - baltimoresun.com - 07/14/2011
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Being overweight as a kid not only creates social problems, but also sets the stage for medical problems that can last a lifetime. The concern is a growing one given that more than one third of U.S. children ages 10 to 17 are overweight or obese.

Learn what you can do to help America's youth trim down and gain healthy habits for life. Join our online Health Chat, from 12 to 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 20, as two experts in pediatric obesity and diabetes discuss "Children, Obesity & Diabetes ¿ Reversing the Trend."

Dr. Angela Fals, a pediatrician and medical director of Florida Hospital for Children and the Healthy 100 Kids program; and Lauren Adams, a pediatric diabetes educator and endocrine dietitian at Florida Hospital, will address your questions and share their insights.

Dr. Angela Fals is the medical director at Florida Hospital for Children and the Healthy 100 Kids program. A pediatrician who specializes in weight management for children and adolescents, Dr. Fals graduated from Loma Linda University Medical School, in California. Among her specialties is creating weight management programs for families, schools, fitness centers, medical practices and other community organizations.

Lauren Adams is a pediatric diabetes educator and endocrine dietitian at Florida Center for Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. She works with children to help them control blood sugar and make healthy choices. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1992, Adams runs marathons and is the mother of a healthy baby boy.

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