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Kids at risk for obesity need early attention

"NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For children, obesity often begins in preschool, suggesting that pediatricians need to act early to prevent and treat excess weight in childhood, new research shows.

Furthermore, referring kids who have already gained too much weight to a pediatric endocrinologist does little to help them shed excess pounds.

These findings suggest that obese children need more than a visit to the doctor in order to lose weight, study author Dr. Teresa Quattrin told Reuters Health."

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"The medical records showed that 4 out of 5 children became obese before their sixth birthdays, and came to the endocrinologist an average of 4 years after gaining weight."

Full Article: http://www.reutershealth.com/archive/2005/02/24/eline/links/20050224elin018.html

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