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HHS HealthBeat (August 14, 2014)

Big and healthy?

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

A study indicates that when a doctor refers a child to get treatment at a weight loss clinic, parents often don’t see a health problem or try to help the child lose weight.

Researcher Kyung Rhee of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine saw this in questionnaire results from more than 200 parents whose children were enrolled in 2008 and 2009 at an obesity clinic in Rhode Island:

“Only about 60 percent of parents were ready to make any kind of dietary changes for their children, and only about 40 percent were ready to make physical activity changes.”

Rhee suspects many parents don’t connect their kids and the potential health problems of overweight.

The study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: August 14, 2014