LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Associated Press has learned that Republican Gov. Rick Snyder plans to direct doctors in Michigan to
begin monitoring the body weight of their young patients and provide the data to a new state registry in what would be one of the most extensive government efforts to address pediatric obesity.
Snyder spokeswoman Sara Wurfel tells the AP that the move would help track the state's growing obesity problem while opening the way for doctors to be more proactive in offering advice.
Wurfel calls it "an important step in managing pediatric obesity."
Arkansas came under fire when it passed a similar law in 2003.
About 800,000 Michigan children are considered overweight or obese.
Snyder will announce the initiative Wednesday as part of his proposal for improving Michigan residents' health.
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