slow medicine

Using ‘Slow Medicine’ to Combat Childhood Obesity

According the Centers for Disease Control, the number of children and adolescents with chronic disease has quadrupled since the 1960s, and obesity is a large contributor. With most pediatricians practicing ‘fast food’ medicine— 10 minute appointments for treating only symptoms rather than considering the whole child— it’s not surprising that even a city as healthy as San Francisco has a childhood obesity rate of nearly 10%. While this rate falls well below the national average, it is still unsettling. However, less than 1% of GetzWell Pediatrics’ patients suffer from obesity and the chronic diseases linked to it.

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‘Slow Medicine’ at GetzWell

From day one, GetzWell’s mission has been to bring mindfulness back to medical care. Our approach is very much aligned with the ‘Slow Medicine’ movement which, like the Slow Food movement, is gaining momentum in the US. In a multi-part series, we’ll offer you an overview of GetzWell’s slow and steady methodology and why we believe it’s a vast improvement over traditional pediatric care.

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