Experts want more bluntness in discussing childhood obesity

Filed under: Health & Safety: Babies, Nutrition: Health, Development/Milestones: Babies

A new set of recommendations for pediatricians and medical professionals who work with children suggest it's time to stop sugar-coating childhood weight problems and start using the clinical terms like "overweight" and "obese". Historically the government and medical practitioners have shied away from labeling children obese, preferring "overweight" and using "at risk for overweight" for those clearly already there, fearing too much bluntness would further erode their self esteem.

On the one hand, proper terminology might help some people realize Junior isn't really "big boned", he's overweight. On the other, hearing the word "obese" associated with your child might be more hurtful than helpful.

Do you think doctors need to be more blunt or would the proposed guidelines just stress overweight children and their families?

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