The fat truth

Instead of saying fat children are “at risk for overweight,” doctors should tell them straight out that they’re overweight or obese, a committee of medical experts has recommended.

Dr. Reginald Washington, a committee spokesman and member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said Tuesday that some doctors have avoided the blunt terms for “fear that we’re going to stigmatize children, we’re going to take away their self-esteem, we’re going to label them.”

Using the committee’s guidelines, 17 percent of U.S. children are obese and one-third are overweight.

Newsweek proclaims a trend: Parents are hiring personal trainers for their children.

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  1. Walter E. Wallis says:

    And yet we see now that fat heart patients live longer than skinny ones.
    Perhaps it is time for schools to teach the mind and let others concern themselves about non-academic matters.