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Vic Strasburger, MD, FAAP,
Children, Adolescents, Obesity and the Media
Victor Strasburger, MD, FAAP, a member of the AAP Council on Communications and Media comes on the show to discuss the study that shows a mounting body of research is showing that kids’ media use may be linked to their weight, partly because the sedentary act of watching television and movies or playing on computers and mobile devices can displace other activities that burn more calories. He will give parents valuable advice on helping their children monitor their media use, and that it can quickly translate into healthier choices and healthier weight.
Dr. Vic Strasburger is currently Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics, and Professor of Family & Community Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was graduated from Yale College (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), where he studied fiction writing with Robert Penn Warren. He went to Harvard Medical School and did his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital in Seattle, Children’s Hospital in Boston, and Paddington Green Children’s Hospital in London. He completed an Adolescent Medicine Fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Strasburger has authored more than 150 articles and papers and 12 books on the subjects of adolescent medicine, and the effects of television on children and adolescents, including ADOLESCENT MEDICINE: A PRACTICAL GUIDE (2nd edition, 2006, Lippincott-Williams & Wilkins, with Dr. Robert Brown) and ADOLESCENTS AND THE MEDIA (Sage, 1995). His most popular book is entitled, GETTING YOUR KIDS TO SAY NO IN THE 1990S WHEN YOU SAID YES IN THE 1960S (Fireside/Simon & Schuster, 1993). His current book is a textbook: CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS, AND THE MEDIA, co-authored with Barbara Wilson, Ph.D. and Amy Jordan, Ph.D. and published by SAGE Publications in Newbury Park, California in 2009, with a 3rd edition due in 2013. He also has one published novel, entitled ROUNDING THIRD & HEADING HOME. He has served as Chair of the AAP’s Section on Adolescent Health, a member of the Committee on Communications, and a consultant to the National PTA and the AMA on children and the media. He has been featured several times on National Public Radio (NPR) and in Newsweek, the NY Times, and USA Today and has appeared multiple times on “Oprah,” “The Today Show,” and “CBS This Morning.” In the year 2000, Dr. Strasburger was honored by the American Academy of Pediatrics with the Adele Delenbaugh Hofmann Award, for outstanding lifetime achievement in Adolescent Medicine, and was the first recipient of the Holroyd-Sherry Award, given for media Advocacy work. In 2007, he was awarded the Society for Adolescent Medicine’s Adele Hofmann Visiting Professorship and lectured at Sydney Children’s Hospital in Australia. In 2009, he served as the AAP Council on Communication and Media’s first Visiting Professor and did Pediatric Grand Rounds at Duke, UNC, and Wake Forest. He has lectured in 45 of the 50 US states and on 5 continents. Dr. Strasburger lives in Albuquerque with his wife (a neuropsychiatrist) and his two children, Max (age 20) and Katya (age 18).
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