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The story of the 400 pound 7-year old

Friday, December 12, 2008 Posted by Peter Janiszewski, PhD
Although Travis recently posted on the possible plateauing of the childhood obesity epidemic, the story of Jessica Leonard, the 400 lb 7-yr old, suggests that childhood obesity is not likely to disappear any time soon.

Since that time, Jessica has apparently received medical attention with a focus on increasing energy expenditure, a strict diet, and prescription of some undisclosed medication. Miraculously, as the next video shows she has lost a tremendous amount of weight. However, given the obvious lack of treatment of the mother's obesity - I wonder how sustainable Jessica's weight-loss will be now that she is no longer making headlines as the world's fattest child.

Thanks to our friend and colleague Ryan Graham for suggesting the videos.

Have a great weekend!


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1 Response to "The story of the 400 pound 7-year old"

  1. Dr. Sean Wharton, MD, PharmD, FRCPC Said,

    great blog, fascinating story and I agree that her environment and her obese parents will make it difficult for her, from a genetic and environmental standpoint.

    Posted on December 20, 2008 at 12:00 AM


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