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Pilot program study finds that pediatric obesity patients like telehealth services

"Pediatric obesity is a serious epidemic that can lead to long-lasting health problems as children grow into adulthood," Slusser said. "We urgently need to find new ways to overcome barriers, and telehealth is a promising tool."



This project was funded by UniHealth Foundation. Funds from California Proposition 1D were used to provide telehealth equipment.


In addition to Slusser and Whitley, UCLA co-authors included Nilufar Izadpanah, Dr. Alma Guerro, Dr. Debra Lotstein, Dr. Daniel DeUgarte, Don Ponturo and Justin Stephens.


The authors have no financial ties to disclose.


The mission of the Fit for Healthy Weight Program at Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA is to provide comprehensive promotion of healthy eating, physical activity, psychosocial well-being (psychological, social, familial and educational) and overall wellness for children and adolescents and their families. For more information, please visit