Accreditation's: ACCME, ANCC, ASWB
Pediatric obesity remains one of the most concerning healthcare conditions of the 21st century, afflicting approximately 1 in 3 children in developed countries worldwide (WHO, 2017). The healthcare teams’ success in engaging patients and families in treatment is often influenced by exigent family circumstances including complex family dynamics and values, access to resources, ability to engage in and follow up for treatment, and family perceptions of the healthcare team. To get better at treating pediatric obesity, healthcare providers need to understand the complexity of the diagnosis and the factors that influence proper, comprehensive treatment. This presentation will incorporate didactic portions to present recent research findings on pediatric obesity development and treatment, as well as experiential activities to highlight how family dynamics impact patient outcomes and how providers can actively engage the whole family. Through clinical case studies, participants will be guided through common challenges in pediatric obesity treatment and will explore strategic tools to address them.