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Dr Holm is an inspiring, energetic and eye-opening lecturer with insight and great knowledge of growth, development, nutrition, activity, well-being, upbringing and health.

Jens-Christian Holm has initiated The Children’s Obesity Clinic at the Department of Paediatrics at Holbæk University Hospital, The Danish Childhood Obesity Biobank and The Dr Holm Group. The Dr Holm model has demonstrated results in which 65-85 % of patients reduce their degree of overweight and obesity-related complications and is currently being spread to other children's departments and municipal clinics as well as abroad.

The treatment model is based on the insights that 1. obesity is a chronic disease 2. that is regulated by a highly effective hormone system that aims to maintain and preserve the fat mass in the body, and 3. a fundamentally new health pedagogy. By 2017, 8 municipalities reported that 74% of the children and adolescents with obesity reduced their degree of obesity, while another Paediatric Department similarly reported that 75% of the children and adolescents had decreased their degree of obesity, illustrating that both the treatment model and the course training works and is well implemented in various settings. Dr Holm has been regularly quoted in the media and has participated in several program series on national television channels.

Dr Holm has published several books and book chapters on topics related to obesity in addition to numerous scientific publications on weight management issues, treatment of obesity and obesity related complications (high blood pressure, fatty liver, high cholesterols, prediabetes, etc.). He is also co-chair (alongside Jennifer Baker) of the EASO Childhood Obesity Task Force. Jens-Christian Holm presents these perspectives in general terms, which are accessible to all and not the select few because the consequences of these ideas are relevant to most people.

Dr Holm can be contacted by:​

Telephone: +45 26 20 75 33

Mail: jch@drholm.com 

Obesity reaches millions​

Obesity is a global threat to public health, and the proportion of children, adolescents and adults with obesity has been increasing rapidly over recent decades; although at the moment it appears that development has stagnated in most countries. In Denmark, 11-16% of all children in pre-school age are overweight, while the prevalence of Danish teenagers is 19-25%. It is very important that the WHO, the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) have declared obesity as a disease in 1948, 2013 and 2015, respectively.


There are 20 internationally recognized medical and psychosocial obesity related complications in childhood, where especially high blood pressure, high cholesterols, liver fat and type 2 diabetes mellitus cause significant morbidity and mortality later in adulthood. These conditions were seen primarily earlier in adults, but are now also seen to a considerable extent in childhood. For example, approximately 51% of children and adolescents with overweight or obesity exhibit borderline or overt elevated blood pressure, 27% exhibit elevated cholesterols, 31% exhibit fatty liver, 74% exhibit elevated fat in the muscles, 18% exhibit prediabetes, and 50 % exhibit sleep apnea. Further, later in adulthood more than 20 cancers are associated with obesity.

In addition, psychological stressors interact with obesity. These, for example, manifest themselves in terms of reduced quality of life, where children with have been shown to have a quality of life similar to children suffering from cancers, and have a pronounced tendency of loneliness, feeling of shame, or depression.

Numerous studies have shown that childhood obesity exhibit a clear hereditary component. This is shown, among other things, by studies of adopted children which displays a weight profile closer to their biological parents than their adopted parents. This clearly shows the importance of how genetics influence the child compared to environmental effects.

The recent years of progress in mapping the human genome have increased the scientific focus on hereditary forms of obesity. Several major studies have identified hereditary variations of importance for the development of obesity, and it is believed that 50-70% of the degree of fat mass is correlated to human genes. However, it is only a small part of the genes, which alone can explain the degree of obesity.

However, the number of children with obesity and related complications as well as their response to treatment varies a lot. This pronounced variation in the development of obesity can therefore be caused by the influence of a variety of different genes.

The treatment of obesity has traditionally been a difficult task, and international studies have typically in the first year reported treatment rates of no more than 50% and drop-out rates up to 80%. These high drop-out rates are not compatible with an effective treatment service.

In Denmark, the possibilities for treating obesity are limited, and are generally not developed at all. It is important for treatment that obesity is considered as a chronic disease, so that patients can have access to the healthcare service that they are entitled to.

Dr Holm's model and course education have resulted in decreases in the degree of obesity in 65-85% of patients with obesity in both in primary (municipalities) and secondary (hospitals) sector clinics. In these studies, where thousands of patients have received treatment, relatively low drop-out rates (9.8% in the first 12 months) with an investment of approximately 5 health professional hours per patient per year. In Denmark, more than 65 municipality clinics have adopted the Dr Holm treatment protocol and have achieved reductions in the degree of obesity in 74% of the patients with the use of 5 health care professional hours per patient per year.

Further, the Dr Holm protocol have also shown reductions in all cholesterol fractions, blood pressure, fat in the liver and muscles. In addition, it has been shown that the quality of life is improved in the children and that the parents' weight is also reduced. Finally, The Children`s Obesity Clinic in Holbæk was declared as a leading excellence clinics in Europe for the treatment of children with obesity, accredited by the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO).

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