Levels of childhood obesity have tripled in the past 3 decades; nearly 16% of youths between the ages of 6 and 19 years are currently overweight, and an additional 15% are considered at risk for becoming overweight.1,2 Obesity is the topic of conversation among health care providers, researchers, government organizations, concerned parents, the food industry, and the media. Obesity, and its increasing prevalence, should be the topic of conversation and the focus of concern since it can have harmful physical, psychological, behavioral, social, and economic consequences.
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