Childhood obesity has increased over the years and is considered an epidemic. This presentation will discuss the risk factors for developing childhood obesity, the long term consequences and the nutrient deficiencies and excesses that can ensue. In addition, we will discuss methods we can employ as health care practitioners to aim to prevent and ameliorate childhood obesity and its long term implications.
Upon successful completion of this two-hour course, the participant should be able to:
Identify the populations of children that are highest risk for developing childhood obesity.
Understand the long term complications of child hood obesity.
Describe the nutrient deficiencies and excesses that are common amongst children who are obese.
Discuss strategies to prevent and combat childhood obesity.
Target Audience: RDs, DTRs, Allied Health Professionals
Number of Credits:
Level(s): 1, 2
$36 ($18.00 per credit)
About the Presenter: Theresa Loomis, DCN, RD
Dr. Loomis received her B.S from the University of Rhode Island and her M.S. and Doctorate of Clinical Nutrition from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She is a Registered Dietitian (RD) with 12 years of experience in neonatal and pediatric nutrition. Theresa has conducted research in a number of areas related to the nutrition care of the high-risk infant, including the impact of a Registered Dietitian in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) setting on the adequacy of parenteral nutrition administration and the timeliness of the initiation of enteral nutrition, the use of post-discharge formulas in low birth weight (LBW) infants after discharge from the NICU, and the adequacy of vitamin D intake in LBW infants. Her doctoral work looked at the impact of standardized feeding guidelines for low birth weight infants on enteral nutrition administration, growth, and bone and liver health. She focused her clinical residency on the care of children with obesity. She has publications on the use of probiotics for infants and on nutrition after NICU discharge. Currently Theresa is an Assistant Professor of Nutrition at SUNY Oneonta and the Director of the Masters Program and Dietetic Internship.