New Guidance Says Treat Kids Early, Aggressively For Obesity

  • Children who are obese should be evaluated and treated early and aggressively, new guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics advises.
  • The “watchful waiting” approach — waiting to see if children will outgrow or overcome obesity — makes the problem worse.
  • The new advice sets guidance for when kids and teens should be offered drugs and surgery as well as intensive diet, exercise, and other lifestyle interventions.
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