Doctors Say Screen Kids, Obesity Treatment Works

An influential doctors panel says most children should be screened for obesity and sent to intensive behavior treatment if they need to lose weight.

The new advice from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says recent studies show that children can lose weight if put in rigorous diet and behavior therapy programs.

Doctors on the panel say the new advice could transform how doctors deal with overweight children. And they say it should encourage insurers to pay for intensive weight-loss treatment for kids.

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  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Jan 18, 2010 at 08:35 AM
    The motive is truly honest. In the long run, this may save you and your family a lot of money. No one should be oblivious to the fact that obesity may lead to a myriad of other diseases ranging from heart disease to arthritis to diabetes and many more in between. Preventative medicine is truly the best medicine. It should be our desire to see a healthier American population; not a fatter, lazier one.
  • by Nope. on Jan 18, 2010 at 06:45 AM
    I can tell you one thing, unless the army of the world comes they are not going to take my children and do something so "hitler" to my children. This is an outrage, and sick. I hope the Americans who deserve to be here will fight for this one. This is sick.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Jan 18, 2010 at 05:50 AM
    That's right; invent another reason for people to 'flock' the Doc, in search of the almighty 'cure' that could have been done at home. Oh, and stress the kids out even more by making them feel 'different'. Perhaps, they'll even have a new list of 'beneficial' medications to put them on. 'Profile' their charts so the insurance company can call it 'pre-existing' also. Perhaps, a new insurance company geared totally to children 0-12 yrs. old will surface. I may sound cynical, but it's just another way to fluff the pockets of the medical community. Gullible people will follow like sheep under their wagging fingers and guilt-trips. I'm not surprised.

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