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Childhood Obesity Journal to Launch This Spring

New Rochelle, NY, March 24, 2010—Obesity and Weight Management, currently under the editorship of James Hill, MD and Holly Wyatt, MD from University of Colorado at Denver is changing its mission and will become the premier journal and central forum on childhood and adolescent obesity, as part of the imperative to achieve swift and effective means to stem this epidemic. The newly titled journal, Childhood Obesity, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. (www.liebertpub.com), will make its debut in June 2010.

Childhood Obesity will have a very broad mandate and will provide physicians, nurses, dietitians, diabetes educators, nutritionists, psychologists, educators, school nurses, health counselors, and policymakers with effective prevention and management strategies, patient education and motivation tools, and research advances in the field.

Each issue will deliver action-oriented content including original peer-reviewed articles; provocative editorials and perspectives from opinion leaders; interviews with thought leaders; roundtable discussions; new weight management initiatives; safety and efficacy of treatment regimens; case reports; prevention and education; Q & A; childhood obesity program profiles; new nonprofit and government initiatives and programs; patient motivation tools and handouts; Literature Watch; Web Watch; book reviews; and other actionable news and developments.

“The strong response to the expanded focus of this important journal has been very gratifying,” said Mary Ann Liebert, president and CEO of the privately held publishing company that bears her name. “Childhood Obesity will play an important role in achieving the goal First Lady Michelle Obama has of ensuring that this new generation shapes up to a healthy weight by the time they reach adulthood.”

“Mrs. Obama is right when she says that childhood obesity threatens the nation’s economic health,” said Ms. Liebert. “The costs of health care related to obesity-related conditions such as diabetes and heart disease are enormous. Healthy people are productive people. Weight management starts in childhood. Childhood Obesity has a very broad mission which requires the active participation of health care providers in collaboration with educators, school nurses, health counselors, and groups such as parent-teacher organizations that must try to ensure that school meals are well balanced and foster the right eating habits.”