Diane Tyler is acting director of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program. Her teaching and research projects involve health promotion and disease prevention and weight and health of children and their families. Helping overweight children obtain healthier lifestyles is the focus of her new $368,000 study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The study is titled "Children's Health and Weight Study" (CHEWS). ?Childhood overweight has rapidly increased in the past three decades, with 14 million U.S. children overweight and an additional 8.6 million at risk for being overweight, says Tyler. Preventive care with early intervention is the logical approach, especially because there is evidence that once an individual is obese, it is very difficult to lose and maintain weight loss, she says. Minority children are at greatest risk for being overweight and among school-age children, Mexican-American children are most likely to be overweight, according to Tyler.
Obesity in children, health promotion and disease prevention