Docs shy away from telling kids they're heavy

By Janet Raloff, 15:53 PM April 15, 2008

In 1980, about 1 in 20 U.S. children and teens was overweight. Today, that figure is closer to 1 in 6. Abetting this unhealthy trend appears to be reluctance by physicians to discuss weight with their young patients or parents.

Researchers with the National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Md., analyzed data that had been collected for 1,473 overweight children between 1999 and 2002 as part of a national health survey. The likelihood that a health professional had mentioned a weig...

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