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Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2016 Sep;55(10):983-5. doi: 10.1177/0009922815617976. Epub 2015 Nov 24.

Physician Perspectives on Obesity Screening in Hospitalized Children.

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1
Children's Hospital at Montefiore, Bronx, NY, USA Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA dialee@montefiore.org.
2
Children's Hospital at Montefiore, Bronx, NY, USA Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA.

Abstract

Nearly one-third of the children in the United States are obese or overweight and face associated physical and mental health issues.(1,2) Parents often misperceive and underreport their child's weight status.(3-5) This misperception is a major barrier to increasing healthy lifestyle choices, such as limiting screen time, increasing physical activity, improving diet, and participating in prevention programs.(6-8) Increasing parental awareness of children's weight status is an important initial step in addressing the obesity epidemic.

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26603582
DOI:
10.1177/0009922815617976
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