Kids Not Only Obese, They're Extremely Obese
Study: Extreme Obesity in 7% of Boys, 5% of Girls; as High as 12% in Some Ethnic Groups
Extreme Obesity: Second Opinion continued...
The implications of the study findings are clear, says Sandra Hassink, MD,
chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Obesity Work Group and director of
the Nemours Pediatric Obesity Initiative at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont
Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del.
''We need to tackle obesity as soon as we see it," she says. Better yet,
parents can take a family approach to help children stay at a healthy
'"This is a call to intervene early when you see a child who is at
particular risk for this," she tells WebMD. Once parents notice rapid weight
gain or high-risk eating behaviors (such as high amounts of ''junk food"), she
advises them to take action. Once a child is severely obese, she says, ''you
have psychosocial issues, such as bullying and teasing."
''Parents who have children in the over 85 to 94th percentile (overweight)
need to be focusing even more so on the family environment, [limiting] TV
watching, sugary and fast food consumption," she says.