Identification of adverse childhood experiences may mitigate obesity

Mona Rath | September 15, 2016
Makshita Luthra, HSRP&A MHA student
Makshita Luthra, HSRP&A MHA student

During her field experience at the Mayo Clinic, Makshita Luthra, MPH-PHAP student, wrote about Mayo’s efforts to identify adverse childhood experiences (AFEs) in children to mitigate childhood obesity.

Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. It is often linked to unhealthy eating habits and sedentary lifestyle.

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery and Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine evaluated the association of adverse family experiences (AFEs) and prevalence of obesity.

Improving identification of AFEs in children may mitigate the effects of ACEs on development of chronic health problems, including obesity. Mayo researchers believe outreach and collaboration with public health, community resources, policymakers and schools, new models for care management can be developed and evaluated in an effort to more successfully address this issue.

Read Makshita Luthra’s article “Time does not health all wounds

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