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Children’s and the New Balance Foundation take on childhood obesity

David Ludwig, MD, PhD

David Ludwig, MD, PhD, director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center and the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program at Children’s Hospital Boston, was recently featured in the annual medical issue of the Boston Globe Magazine. Ludwig was profiled for his leadership role in the war on childhood obesity.

 “Ludwig, who holds a chair in pediatric endocrinology at Harvard and directs the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) program at Children’s Hospital, is arguably the nation’s leading crusader in the battle against childhood obesity. With nearly a third of US children and teens overweight, and fully 17 percent obese, Ludwig believes this battle is one we cannot afford to lose.”

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In the battle against childhood obesity, start young(er than you think)

Claire McCarthy, MD

We all know that prevention is the best way to deal with any public health problem. With obesity being an increasingly, um, huge problem in our society, we need to do everything we can to prevent it. And to do so we need to start in—infancy?

That’s the message in the study by Children’s Hospital Boston researchers in this week’s journal Pediatrics. As described yesterday in Tripp Underwood’s Thrive post, the study, led by Susanna Huh, MD, MPH, and Sheryl Rifas-Shiman, MPH, showed that when parents of formula-fed infants started solid foods before 4 months of age, the infants were six times more likely to be obese at age 3.

Why do we care? Three is very far from adulthood. There’s still plenty of time to lose the baby fat. Right?

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Against my better judgement: a week in review

I don’t usually like to do Thrive posts that wrap up a previous week’s events, but last week was an interesting and exciting week on Thrive and at Children’s Hospital Boston, so I thought I’d break my own rule just this once (and I reserve the right to break it again!)

The post by Dr. Brian Skotko (shown here with his sisters Kristin and Allison) generated a lot of conversation—and controversy.

The most widely read, shared and commented on post—by far—was Dr. Brian Skotko’s thought-provoking article, “Will babies with Down syndrome slowly disappear?” Dr. Skotko, a clinical genetics fellow in Children’s Down Syndrome Program and the brother of a young woman with Down syndrome, talked about a new study that says mothers-to-be will soon be able to get a simple blood test during the first trimester of pregnancy that will let them know if their baby will have Down syndrome. This caused Dr. Skotko to ask:

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$7 million gift will help Children's tackle childhood obesity

Children’s Hospital Boston got an historic $7 million gift from the New Balance Foundation yesterday to support the pioneering work of David Ludwig, MD, PhD, as he and colleagues try to stem the tide of childhood obesity. The gift establishes the Center for Childhood Obesity Prevention, Research and Care, which will support Dr. Ludwig’s clinical research and outpatient programs, as well as community outreach efforts.

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