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Contact: Julia Chapman, 914-740-2147, jchapman@liebertpub.com
Childhood Obesity Journal to Launch This Spring

New Rochelle, January 29, 2010—Obesity and Weight Management 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 this spring.

Childhood Obesity, which will have a very broad mandate, will provide physicians, nurses, dietitians, diabetes educators, nutritionists, psychologists, educators, school nurses, and health counselors with effective prevention and management strategies, patient education and motivation tools, and research advances in the field.  Each issue will deliver action-oriented content focusing on prevention and education; new weight management initiatives; safe and effective treatment regimens; advice from the experts; patient handouts; information from collaborating organizations and key government agencies; clinical case reports; Q & A; webwatch; summarizes of key articles in the field, as well as other actionable news and developments.

“It is very gratifying that First Lady Michelle Obama has identified ‘an ambitious, wide-ranging effort to reduce childhood obesity’ as one of her foremost projects,” 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 helping her attain these goals.”

“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.”