Brenner Children’s pediatric endocrinologists are focusing
local and national attention on childhood obesity, which is becoming a national
epidemic with 20 percent of children now overweight.
Working with the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dietetic
Association and the North Carolina Task Force for Healthy Weight in Children
and Adolescents, Brenner's pediatric endocrinologists are developing methods to help physicians
nationwide address obesity. Locally, Brenner Children’s physicians are
collaborating with area school systems to teach children and families about
better nutrition and the importance of physical activity.
Brenner Children’s researchers also have drawn attention
to the resurfacing of rickets among African Americans. By providing education
and vitamin supplements to breastfeeding mothers, pediatricians hope to curb
the effects of this preventable disease.