Improving Obesity Trend in Young Children?

Link (YouTube): William Meyers Inaugural Conference Lecture

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CBS News: Study shows declining obesity rate for preschoolers who receive government food aid

An excerpt:

The obesity rate for preschoolers who receive government food aid has declined, according to a study released Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Obesity rates dropped steadily to about 14% in 2016 — the latest data available — from 16% in 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

The improvement affected youngsters ages 2 through 4 who receive food vouchers and other services in the federal Women, Infants and Children nutrition program. About 1 in 5 U.S. kids that age were enrolled in 2016…

My take:  This is good news. Hopefully, this report will be one of many indicating that the rates of obesity could actually improve.

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William Meyers

Yesterday I attended the Inaugural William Meyers Lecture and intended for this post to be a summary of that.  Sadly, he passed away last night.

Billy, a partner in our GI group, had been fighting brain cancer for the past year. This lecture was established to honor him. Jose Garza gave a lecture which highlighted the important work of the neurogastroenterology service, established in large measure by Billy.

Also, Billy served on numerous hospital committees.  Much of his efforts were ‘behind the scenes’ and usually the type of work that many of us seek to avoid.  In addition to working on these hospital committees, Billy remained a busy clinician.  In the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to interact with many of his patients and families.  Uniformly I have heard how compassionate and patient he was, even with the most complex situations.  In the 22 years that I had the opportunity to work with Billy, I cannot seem to recall him ever being flustered.  He was a truly wonderful person, physician, and mentor..   I will miss his kindness and friendship.