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Docs Aren't Coaching Overweight Kids on How to Slim Down: Study
Date:6/8/2012

le task, Kahan said.

"It is a science and art in itself to help empower patients, whether adults or adolescents, to change health behaviors," he said. "Telling them to eat less and exercise more is not helpful."

Concerned parents should ask their pediatricians about their child's weight status, and ask for a referral to a specialist if their child is obese, he said.

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For more information on raising healthy, fit kids, check out Let's Move.

SOURCES: Yolandra Hancock, M.D., primary care pediatrician, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.; Scott Kahan, M.D., director, National Center for Weight and Wellness, Washington, D.C.; July 2012, Pediatrics


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