Research Webinar Series: Primary Prevention of Obesity Through Infancy-Based Interventions
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Ian Paul, MD, MSc
Professor of Pediatrics & Public Health Sciences
Chief of Academic General Pediatrics, Penn State College of Medicine
Over 20% of 2-5 year old American children are already overweight or obese, and these children are far more likely to have obesity and its comorbidities across the lifecourse. This suggests that efforts to prevent obesity must begin during infancy (or earlier). In this lecture, we will discuss responsive parenting, defined as developmentally appropriate, prompt, and contingent parenting responses to child needs, which has been shown to promote a range of positive outcomes in children. Specifically, we will review our research conducted over the past 15 years using responsive parenting-based interventions designed for the primary prevention of obesity during infancy.
About the Speaker
Dr. Ian M. Paul is a Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine where he is Chief Academic General Pediatrics and Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs. Dr. Paul is a general pediatrician and clinical and health services researcher with principal interests in a) primary preventive interventions for newborns, infants, and families and b) clinical therapeutics for children. His research focuses on these two areas with the largest current NIH/NIDDK-funded projects focusing on the prevention of childhood obesity through home-based interventions delivered to parents of infants.
Michael Goran, PhD
Program Director for Diabetes and Obesity at The Saban Research Institute
Professor of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC
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