Examining how nutrition and medication can join forces to treat obesity in adolescents
Children with obesity are at a greater risk of chronic diseases and conditions like Type 2 diabetes, asthma and heart disease. In Canada, obesity rates have nearly tripled in the last three decades and today, 30 per cent of children aged five to 17 are classified with overweight or obesity.
Unfortunately, current treatment approaches like dietary changes and exercise have had limited success in treating obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
“It’s critical to intervene early in adolescents to prevent long-term, irreversible and extensive complications in adulthood,” says Flavio Vieira, who is exploring how nutrition – specifically dietary fibre – and medication can treat obesity and diseases associated with it in adolescents.