Special Issue "Comprehensive Care for Children with Obesity: Best Practices and Multidisciplinary Treatment Approaches"

A special issue of Children (ISSN 2227-9067). This special issue belongs to the section "Global and Public Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Seema Kumar
Website SciProfiles
Guest Editor
Divison of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905 USA
Interests: pediatric obesity; type 2 diabetes; dyslipidemia; bariatric surgery

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Childhood obesity has assumed epidemic proportions worldwide. The increase in prevalence of childhood obesity has led to the emergence of “adult” diseases such as type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and sleep apnea in children and adolescents. Childhood obesity, particularly severe obesity, often persists into adulthood and therefore is associated with increased long-term morbidity and mortality.

Childhood obesity develops as a result of a complex interplay between genetic, epigenetic, environmental, and behavioral factors. Childhood obesity affects children from racial and ethnic minorities disproportionately. Treatment of obesity in children therefore requires a multifaceted, multidisciplinary, and culturally appropriate approach. Various team members (including medical providers, nurses, dieticians, mental health professionals and social workers) and disciplines (e.g., primary care, nutrition, psychology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, sleep medicine and surgery) play a critical role in management of obesity and related comorbidities.

This Special Issue, “Comprehensive Care for Children with Obesity: Best Practices and Multidisciplinary Treatment Approaches” will focus on the existing and novel treatment approaches to care of childhood obesity and related comorbid conditions. It will emphasize the importance of individualizing the treatment approach based on obesity pathophysiology and health consequences. The efficacy of lifestyle modifications and pharmacotherapy for treatment of childhood obesity is modest, and therefore, there is a continued need to evaluate novel treatment approaches that will augment the effect of current treatment modalities.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Seema Kumar
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Childhood obesity
  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Pediatric type 2 diabetes

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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