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Taking on childhood obesity

from Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Nearly one-fifth of American children have obesity, increasing their risk of many associated health problems. These include conditions historically considered adult problems: heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and liver disease. Obesity affects many aspects of an individual's physical and mental health; children with obesity, defined as being at or above the 95th percentile in body mass index of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s growth charts, often face depression, low self-esteem and bullying. more


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