One third of American children are obese or overweight, but doctors tell them only that they’re “at risk” of being overweight for fear of hurting their feelings. Now there’s a debate about telling kids the truth.
Obese “sounds mean. It doesn’t sound good,” said Trisha Leu, 17, who thinks the proposed change is a bad idea.
The Wheeling, Ill., teen has lost 60 pounds since March as part of an adolescent obesity surgery study at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
“When you’re young, you don’t understand what obese means,” Leu said. “I still don’t understand it.”
It means “fat.” And it’s not good.