Obesity SIG

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SIG Description

The obesity SIG is a group of pediatricians interested in childhood obesity.


The mission of the obesity SIG is to connect individuals who share an interest in childhood obesity, share resources, research, and best practices.

Past Meetings

Meeting 2008

Annual Report

David Collier, MD, PhD; East Carolina University
Matthew Haemer, MD, MPH; University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
Ashley Weedn, MD, MPH; University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

SIG purpose/mission: The mission of the Obesity SIG is to connect individuals who share an interest in childhood obesity, share resources, research, and best practices.

Current SIG goals:

  1. To provide annual programs at PAS on various topics related to childhood obesity practices, research, or advocacy initiatives to SIG members.
  2. To develop a mentor network for members with similar interests in obesity practice and research.
  3. To collaborate with other obesity-related groups to provide members with access to resources and endorse consistent practices and recommendations across organizations. 

Annual summary:
Our program meeting this year occurred on April 30th at PAS and focused on payment reform for childhood obesity. We were excited to have three experts in the field share their knowledge and experience. Steve Cook, MD, MPH provided an overview of payment strategies for obesity from the 2015 AHRQ/AAP-sponsored conference dedicated to advancing access to care and payment for childhood obesity. Denise Wilfley, PhD, and Sarah Hampl, MD, shared their experience working with Missouri Medicaid to negotiate payment for family-based treatment of obesity and their lessons learned from the experience. The session was well attended with 47 participants. If you are interested in copies of the presentations, please contact the Obesity SIG co-chairs.  Further information on payment strategies will be emailed to SIG members as provided by the AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight.

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April 2015 Newsletter Article

This year's SIG will focus on hot topics in obesity research and motivational interviewing with an emphasis on translating applications into your practice and community. Presentations will include "Xenobiotics, Transgenerational Effects, and Obesity," by David Collier, MD, PhD and "Motivating Adolescents with Technology to CHOOSE Health," by Suzanne Lazorick, MD, MPH, both from the East Carolina University Pediatric Healthy Weight Research and Treatment Center. Then, learn about the evidence and feasibility for incorporating motivational interviewing (MI) in community and academic settings to address childhood obesity.  Presentations will include "Brief MI Office Visits - Does this Really Work to Reduce Child BMI?" by Sarah Armstrong, MD, Duke University; "Implementing Lifestyle Screening and MI for Obesity Prevention and Treatment in Pediatric Clinics," by Matthew Haemer, MD, MPH, University of Colorado; and "Training Residents in Behavioral Approaches to Address Childhood Obesity" by Stephen Gillaspy, PhD, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.


Ashley Weedn, MD, MPH
Department of Pediatrics
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

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Current SIG Co-Chairs:

Matthew Haemer, MD MPH
4690 E Perry Parkway
Denver, CO 80121
Phone: (720) 777-7474

Ashley Weedn, MD, MPH
1200 Children's Ave, Ste 12400
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone: (405) -27-4407



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