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1 in 4 U.S. Kids Underestimate Their Weight, Study Finds
Date:7/31/2014

ed to emphasize that what really matters is health," Katz explained.

"If a devotion to healthful behaviors was the norm in our culture, and not the perception of weight, we would not talk our children into dieting they do not need, or out of weight control efforts they do need," he said.

Muinos added that parents need to be educated about the importance of healthy eating and exercise as well as the dangers of obesity.

Getting children to eat well and exercise needs to be a family effort, Muinos said. "You cannot isolate the child who is obese. The whole family has to be involved both in exercise and diet," he said.

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For more about childhood obesity, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Han-Yang Chen, M.S., department of quantitative health sciences, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Mass.; David Katz, M.D., M.P.H., director, Yale University Prevention Research Center, New Haven, Conn.; William Muinos, M.D., director, weight management program, Miami Children's Hospital; July 31, 2014, Preventing Chronic Disease


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