Dear AJPM  reader,

According to the CDC , almost 40% of adults and 19% of children in the U.S. are obese. The obesity epidemic represents one of the foremost public health crises of the day and underlines the need for ready access to screening and treatment for those who are overweight or obese. However, challenges abound as described by several articles in our February issue ; Imoisilli et al. describe the lack of awareness of USPSTF compliant weight management programs in clinicians who see pediatric patients while Chaitoff and colleagues highlight the danger of unhealthy weight-loss strategies and how they relate to mental health. Finally, Goldhammer et al. focus on the dangers of eating disorders and body dissatisfaction in sexual and gender minority youth and how providers can tailor treatment to meet the needs of this population with additional article details as follows:  

Imoisili OE, Goodman AB, Dooyema CA, Harrison MR, Belay B, Park S.
  • Our February Editor’s Choice Article shows that over 80% of surveyed clinicians screened pediatric patients at greater than three-quarters of visits. While only a quarter of clinicians were aware of a community weight management program that met USPSTF recommendations, a large majority of these clinicians referred their patients to these programs.

Chaitoff A, Swetlik C, Ituarte C, Pfoh E, Lee LL, Heinberg LJ, Rothberg MB.
  • This study found using at least one unhealthy weight-loss strategy, such as diet pill use or meal skipping, was significantly associated with odds of reporting depression, especially in females or in people with a BMI between 30.0 and 39.9.

Goldhammer HB, Maston ED, Keuroghlian AS.
  • This Current Issues article explores eating disorders and body dissatisfaction in sexual and gender minority youth, identifying unique opportunities for screening and strategies for tailoring interventions for this group.

As always, we hope that you find these articles and the remainder of our February issue to be timely, topical, and informative.

Yours in prevention and health,

Matthew L. Boulton, MD, MPH

American Journal of Preventive Medicine