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Clinical Practice  |   July 1999
Childhood obesity
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Clinical Practice   |   July 1999
Childhood obesity
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 1999, Vol. 99, 366-371. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1999.99.7.366
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 1999, Vol. 99, 366-371. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1999.99.7.366
Abstract

Childhood obesity has become one of the more alarming nutritional problems plaguing the American population, with estimates as high as 25% of all children being obese. Aside from obesity's associated risks, there are psychosocial and emotional burdens carried by obese children as well. Clinicians are encountering many of these children in their clinics everyday for other reasons and yet are failing to address the issue of obesity. The problem is not so much that physicians are not recognizing it, but rather that they are ignoring it, especially if the parent or child is unaware that there is a problem. Unfortunately, much controversy exists regarding the treatment of childhood obesity. This article attempts to sort through the myriad issues surrounding childhood obesity and to dispel some of the rumors and myths surrounding this subject.