Tackling Childhood Diabetes With Conversations and Lab Work

Rohit Kohli’s Global Childhood, and Indian Medical Training, Taught Him How to Communicate—and Do a Lot With a Little

How can we wean children off sugar?

Answering that question is the focus of my research and practice at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where I’m chief of gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition. Here in Southern California, we face a silent tsunami of obesity, diabetes, liver disease, and more, afflicting the health of our community.

The prevalence of sugar-driven diseases has had an especially devastating impact on children of Latin American heritage who have immigrated to the U.S. during the last few decades when fast food options that are relatively inexpensive but calorie-dense …