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Obesity Prevention: It's Never Too Early to Begin Living a Healthy Lifestyle

July 1, 20159 min
The obesity epidemic hasn't gotten any better, so the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated their guidelines.Even though obesity rates have slowly started to decline in adults and preschool aged children, obesity is still a very serious problem for children and young adults.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 17 percent (12.7 million) children and adolescents between the ages of 2-19 are obese. Obesity is very complex disorder that isn't just a cosmetic issue. Other than having excessive amounts of skin, you also increase your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and many other health issues.Recently due to little improvement of preventing childhood obesity, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) changed the guidelines of from 2003 to urge pediatricians to prioritize and be more active in childhood weight management.How can your pediatrician be more involved?Cori Cross, MD shares why obesity rates haven't gotten any better for children and how you can talk prevention with your pediatrician.

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