Childhood Obesity Prevention: From the Doctor’s Office to Society

Wednesday, April 20
7 – 8 p.m. | UNCW, McNeill Hall, Room 1005 

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Featured Speaker

Eliana Perrin, MD, MPH is a pediatrician, tenured professor in the Department of Pediatrics and an associate vice chancellor for research at UNC. She is a nationally recognized leader in patient-oriented preventive care, pediatric obesity, health services research and social determinants of health. Her area of specialty is the prevention and treatment of pediatric obesity, with a special interest in children from low-income backgrounds. 

She has had nearly 200 peer-reviewed publications, has been a principal investigator on numerous grants on obesity prevention and also served on many committees for the prevention and treatment of weight related disorders. These include the NC Institute of Medicine Task Force on Early Childhood Prevention and the Expert Panel for the Development of North Carolina Guidelines for the Identification and Management of Family Overweight and Obesity and was awarded the American Academy of Pediatrics Special Achievement Award for Distinguished Service and Dedication to the Mission and Goals of the Academy.

Event Description:

Dr. Perrin’s lecture will include several viewpoints on childhood obesity prevention. First, the pediatrician’s plight will focus on the difficulties of body mass index screening, physician self-efficacy in preventing and treating obesity and how pediatricians can best help prevent obesity from starting when babies are two months old. Second, the parent perspective will focus on what parents find sensitive and motivating in obesity prevention counseling and what their advice is for doctors. Perrin will also explain how obesity is reinforced by culture, by exploring one case example of children’s movies and the value of teams in research.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this live activity participants should be able to:

  • Describe the obesity epidemic and how the primary care pediatrician can be at the forefront of prevention if he or she partners with parents 

  • Identify what happens during the first two years of well-baby checks that could help prevent obesity by understanding the risk factors of developing obesity 

  • Recognize the value of body mass index screening and the role it, and communication to parents, plays in obesity prevention, especially in children ages four to eight

  • Describe how obesity is reinforced by the culture and discuss what primary care pediatricians can do to immunize against the toxic food environment 


Childhood Obesity Prevention Flyer

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