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Chapter 25. Obesity

Kelly Walker Lowry, Ph.D.
DOI: 10.1176/appi.books.9781585623921.461373

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Pediatric obesity has quickly become a national epidemic with significant medical and psychological consequences. Obesity results from an imbalance between food intake and energy output, leading to excessive levels of adipose tissue. Although once an adaptive survival mechanism, excessive adipose tissue now poses significant pathophysiological risk in the current environment of dietary abundance and limited physical activity (Daniels et al. 2005).

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TABLE 25–1. Common medical and psychological comorbidities
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TABLE 25–2. Obesity-related assessment considerations when prescribing psychotropic medication to youth
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TABLE 25–3. Sample psychiatric evaluation for overweight or obese youth

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