Obesity Screening & Intensive Treatment for Overweight Children

CHICAGO (AP) - 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 recommendations 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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