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Pediatrics: Doctors Must Find Better Ways to Talk To Parents about Childhood Obesity
Date:10/5/2009

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  • Waist measurement, which represents something tangible parents could literally get their hands around.
  • Clothing sizes and how a child's clothing fits, which can gauge if a child is growing appropriately for age/height.
  • Weight by itself or weight-for-age may be easier to explain and often parallels BMI
  • Visible fat tissue around a child's trunk or belly

By providing parents with tools they can use and understand, doctors can help families identify early warning signs and intervene with diet and exercise before a child becomes dangerously overweight.
   
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