Childhood Obesity: Lydia Tinajero Deck, MD


Lydia Tinajero-Deck, MD
Primary Care Pediatrician,

Co-director, Healthy Hearts Program, Division of Cardiology

School: University of California, San Francisco

Residency: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Board Certification: Pediatrics

Language(s): Spanish


Dr. Tinajero-Deck is an expert on pediatric weight management and healthy nutrition. She has given several lectures and presentations on how children can overcome overweight/obesity problems and maintain a healthy lifestyle. She is co-director of Children’s Healthy Hearts Program, a multi-disciplinary team driected to help kids and families with overweight management.

Compelling Fact

The childhood obesity epidemic has led to children being diagnosed with diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension at younger and younger ages. A generation ago, only middle-aged adults and senior citizens had these illnesses. One of the most severe problems for obese children is sleep apnea, interrupted breathing while sleeping. This sometimes leads to problems with learning and memory. Obese children have a high incidence of orthopedic problems, liver disease and asthma.

Sources: National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Word on Health (NIH)


  • Nutrition
  • Childhood obesity
  • Culturally competent healthcare, especially in the Latino/Hispanic community

Professional Organizations

  • Chair, Obesity Committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics (Chapter 1)

Appointment & Referral Information

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