“The overall health of children is on the decline.” This is the assessment of Steven M. Altschuler, MD, president and chief executive officer of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions and is a precursor to major illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. Asthma has become so widespread, it is now the most common reason for emergency department visits by children. Autism, the fastest-growing developmental disability, has a profound impact on affected children — and on their families and schools.
Dr. Altschuler sees the situation as a call to action for the nation’s pediatric providers.