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  • Pediatric obesity prevalence is estimated to be 22% in 2020 of all children in the US3
  • Obesity is defined as greater or equal to the 95th percentile for age and sex4
  • Childhood obesity leads to adulthood hypertension, hyperlipidemia, respiratory complications, and reduced quality of life44
  • The AAP released new 2023 guidelines that define the standard of care as a multi-modal, chronic-care treatment plan that prescribes healthy eating choices, an increase in physical activity, and mental health support.5
  • Mobile health is the use of mobile phones and wireless technology in healthcare3
  • A meta analysis of 24 RCTs found mobile health is effective in the treatment of obesity in adults12
  • A potential novel approach such as mobile health may aid in increasing treatment efficacy for children with obesity
  • BMI standard deviation scores (BMI-SDS) or BMI z-scores are measures of relative weight adjusted for child age and sex13

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Medicine and Health Sciences | Pediatrics


Capstone presentations were completed in partial fulfillment of the Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Thomas Jefferson University.

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Mobile Health as a Potential Tool to Treat Children in Obesity

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