The Khalili Foundation was launched in 2010 by a group of committed physicians who saw the critical need for direct intervention in the lives of young people who are struggling with, or at-risk for, obesity. The Foundation’s mission is to promote healthy lifestyles through education and action, recognizing the need to proactively address the childhood obesity epidemic through early intervention. By working with local organizations to promote childhood obesity awareness and prevention – and connecting the at-risk population with much needed resources – The Foundation seeks to enable children and their families to make better and healthier choices in their everyday living. Our ultimate goal is to break the cycle of obesity through knowledge and empowerment.
Carbs are cheap food, and it’s no surprise that poorer children and families must live on these less quality calories to get by and survive.
The result of public schools squeezed by budget cuts, having to eliminate physical education and shorten recess combined with poverty and fewer healthy options, has resulted in a growing trend all over the USA: Heavier kids who become sick with adult onset diabetes far too early in life, and who are destined for a life of debilitating weight gain and early death.
You would think a surgeon who makes his living doing gastric bypass and other weight loss surgeries wouldn’t care about this, but the Khalili Center Foundation, staffed with some amazing physicians, is hoping to change at-risk kids’ future by educating through hands-on immersion and involvement.
The Khalili Center is one of the country’s premier bariatric surgery programs, located in Los Angeles. One of its partners, Dr. Kai Nishi, was named HealthTap’s Top Bariatrician in the Nation for the Summer 2013 Top Doctor Competition.
The three partners of The Khalili Center started the original minimally invasive bariatric program at noted LA hospital Cedars-Sinai, and then left there to form the Khalili Center for Bariatric Care, knowing they would be more free to dispense a broader, more patient-centric style of care on their own.