Rudloff LM, Feldmann E. Childhood obesity: Addressing the issue. J Am Osteopath Assoc 1999;99(4_suppl):S1–S6. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.1999.99.4.S1.
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Childhood obesity is a major health issue in pediatric practice. The old idea that "a chubby baby is a healthy baby" is not necessarily the case. Social stigmas and recidivism surrounding obesity make addressing families and their children difficult; however, with early intervention, treatment can be successful. Prevention of obesity with health maintenance surveillance and family-focused behavior modification is the foundation for a healthy lifestyle and may prove the most effective way of avoiding long-term obesity-related morbidity.
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