Early Weight Gain, Childhood Obesity, and Adult Disease Risk

by Ines Anchondo, Pam Estes, and Ellyn Satter

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Session 1: February 21, 2013 Does (rapid) early weight gain cause adult disease and obesity? Ines Anchondo and Ellyn Satter

  • Explain what is rapid early infant weight gain
  • Describe how rapid early infant weight gain relates to childhood obesity and risk of disease later in life.
  • Examine rapid early infant weight gain and growth patterns to determine typical growth distortions.
  • Describe the implications of this research for the clinician, researcher, and parent.

 Session 2: February 28, 2013 (Rapid) early weight gain: Catchup growth or weight acceleration? Pam Estes and Ellyn Satter

  • Differentiate between normal catchup growth and weight acceleration.
  • Describe the role of feeding dynamics in supporting optimal weight gain.
  • Demonstrate the assessment of feeding/growth problems.
  • Demonstrate fdSatter based intervention

About the presenters:

Ellyn Satter, MS, RD, LCSW, BCD, is a therapist, author and lecturer. She is a registered dietitian, and a holder of the Diplomat in Clinical Social Work. Her best-selling books, including Child of Mine: Feeding With Love and Good Sense and Your Child’s Weight: Helping without Harming, as well as journal and magazine articles, teaching materials, seminars and media interviews have made her well-known to parents and professionals as an authority on nutrition and feeding of infants and children.

Pam Estes, MS, RD, CD, Foods & Nutrition, Pam Estes began her dietetics career after earning her Masters of Science in Foods and Nutrition from Purdue University. Her desire to help people take charge of their health by making good lifestyle choices fueled her decision to become a registered dietitian. Practicing in the traditional approach, she was disheartened by the lack of positive outcomes and by the damage to her patients’ attitudes about food, eating, and self. Discovering and embracing Ellyn Satter’s models of eating competence and feeding dynamics in 1996, she has found satisfaction in working with adults and their families by allowing positive experiences with food and eating to drive their own desires for lifestyle change. Pam currently works for the Indianapolis-based hospital system, Community Health Network. Within the Health Promotion Services Department, she provides an eating competence approach to health management for employees.

Ines Anchondo, DrPH, RD, LD, CSP, MPH, Dr. Anchondo belongs to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND, formerly American Dietetic Association or ADA) Research Committee. She is also a reviewer for the Journal of Nutrition Education and occasionally other peer-reviewed journal as well as a founding member and the current chair of the El Paso Breastfeeding Coalition Southwest Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (SWABA). Her research interests include childhood obesity, feeding dynamics, and breastfeeding.
Dr. Anchondo current job involves conducting research and providing bilingual (English and Spanish) nutrition counseling to parents, caregivers and children in an outpatient setting. She participates weekly in neonatology clinic and discharge planning. In addition, Dr. Anchondo provides lectures and workshops to medical students and pediatric residents in nutrition and public health topics on a regular basis.

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