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January 2013

Tackling Childhood Overweight and ObesityThresholds and Beyond

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit, Division of General Pediatrics, University of Michigan, and Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Human Nutrition Program, University of Michigan School of Public Health (Dr Lee); and Department of Epidemiology, University of Michigan School of Public Health (Dr Villamor).

JAMA Pediatr. 2013;167(1):87-88. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.426

A large number of families seek assistance from their pediatric provider for managing their child's overweight/obese status. As they embark on weight management strategies, families often ask: “How much weight should my child lose?” Because the answer to this question depends on a child's age, sex, and stage of development, physicians may be reluctant to provide a number. However, offering a weight loss goal to families would likely be helpful for setting overall weight loss goals and for monitoring progress with weight management strategies.

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