Deborah De Santis-Moniaci Ph.D .. Assistant Director, Kids Weight Down Program Clinical Psychology .. Maimonides Infants & Children's Hospital of Brooklyn
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Host: Obesity is a big problem in pediatrics today. What is the youngest age child you have seen in this program called Kids Weight Down? Female Speaker: Well, that's a great question. I have seen a nine month old. Host: Is that a common or uncommon situation? Female Speaker: I think it's becoming more common. The longer I have been here, the younger children I found I have seen. Host: Well, I mention the kids but also must been a very obese kid and there was concern about the child's welfare? Female Speaker: Absolutely, so this is not only a child that was coming in who was well about where the person should have been in their age. But he was also coming in with much of the health problems that you would never expect to see in such a young child. Host: Was this kid referred to you by the pediatrician or the parents concerns? Female Speaker: Pediatrician, that's the pediatrician who had send this child ready to see an endocrinologist because of the unusual result they were seeing in their blood work and the endocrinologist had refered them to see us. Host: Did the parents think that their kid was overweight or they think Oh! May be the kid is big boned or maybe? Female Speaker: I think initially the parent was just assuming that this was something that was kind of part of the natural development but as he saw that they are health risks were getting worse and worse, she really saw this is as an important issue.