ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Childhood obesity is reaching epidemic proportions in many countries including the United States, and obesity-related metabolic disturbances once seen in adults are now being observed in children and adolescents. The results from several cohort studies demonstrate that obesity during childhood is highly predictive of future health outcomes in adulthood and that maternal health during pregnancy can have a lasting impact on a child’s health. We now know that obesity predisposes to Type 2 diabetes in adolescents. This is a condition that was rarely seen in this age group until recently, and it appears that Type 2 diabetes in adolescents is harder to control than in adults.