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Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is a national epidemic. Over the past 30 years the prevalence of childhood obesity has increased to between 12-17% of the child and adolescent population in the United States. There are numerous health related consequences of childhood obesity, including cardiovascular disease, asthma, sleep apnea, Type 2 diabetes, musculoskeletal impairments, and psychosocial risks. The pediatric physical therapists at Duke are experienced in working with children and adolescents to facilitate change towards a healthier lifestyle. The therapists work with the child and the family to assess current fitness and motor skills, determine secondary musculoskeletal sequelea, and identify appropriate activities and exercise for the individual. A collaborative plan of care with occupational therapy and other disciplines will be designed to promote health and wellness for optimal participation in the home, school, and community.


PT Treatment

  • Strengthening Exercises
  • Aerobic Conditioning
  • Balance Training
  • Orthotic Intervention
  • Identification of Community Resources

OT Treatment

  • Activities of Daily Living/ Self-care  
  • Motor planning activities


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