Effect of Clinical Education on Child Obesity Biomarkers in Children Visiting a Pediatric Clinic in South Texas
Obesity in children and adolescents is a serious public health problem, not only in the United States, but throughout all the countries around the world. Obesity can be easily detected and prevented. Education concerning over the dangers of obesity is the key to leading along and healthy life. It can also help maintain normal levels of BMI, systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, triglycerides, cholesterol, low-density lipoproteins, high-density lipoproteins, glucose and insulin. The main objective of this research is to study the effect of clinical education on child obesity biomarkers in children visiting a pediatric clinic in South Texas. To analyze the data, paired t-test, was used. IBM-SPSS Statistics 20 was used to perform the analysis. Internal Review Board approval for this study was received from the Texas A&M International University IRB committee: Approval No.2012-01-13BMI in Children During Development. The results of this research supports that a pediatrician intervention resulted in a reduction in the mean value of DBP and BMI for visit 1 vs. 2 and BMI for visit 1 vs. 3 and an increase of the mean difference for glucose and HDL for visit 1vs. 2. Glucose, HDL, DBP, LDL and SBP for visit 1 vs. 3 and LDL, glucose and insulin for visit 1 vs. 4. However, In general the results support that the mean values for the variables stayed equal. This means that the children’s health did not deteriorate. This study had limitations because it was a retrospective analysis.