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How to battle childhood obesity?

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Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice
2 doctors agree

In brief: Portion control

portion control and better food choices.
A sugar layden fat layden dessert is OK as a treat rarely. A fresh fruit is a healthier choice and less likely to lead to obesity. Its a matter of portion and frequency of poor choices. We need to educate ourselves and our children. Also less time on the couch and more in activity is helpful as well. Limit TV to 2 hours a day.

In brief: Portion control

portion control and better food choices.
A sugar layden fat layden dessert is OK as a treat rarely. A fresh fruit is a healthier choice and less likely to lead to obesity. Its a matter of portion and frequency of poor choices. We need to educate ourselves and our children. Also less time on the couch and more in activity is helpful as well. Limit TV to 2 hours a day.
Dr. Martin Fried
Dr. Martin Fried
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Dr. Marc Neff
Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Childhood obesity

My opinion is that we need to change the education we provide as doctors.
Obesity is too widespread a disease to battle with a magic pill, special diet, or surgery. It needs the same approach as for hiv, where education helped bring an epidemic under control. Same with tb, measles, polio... There was education and intervention by medical providers. We should start in elementary school, .

In brief: Childhood obesity

My opinion is that we need to change the education we provide as doctors.
Obesity is too widespread a disease to battle with a magic pill, special diet, or surgery. It needs the same approach as for hiv, where education helped bring an epidemic under control. Same with tb, measles, polio... There was education and intervention by medical providers. We should start in elementary school, .
Dr. Marc Neff
Dr. Marc Neff
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics

In brief: A Number of Things

It depends upon a number of factors including how much overweight your child is.
With proper diet and exercise, generally 2-3 pounds per week is safe and sustainable.But the best answer is to discuss this with your child's pediatrician and design a specific plan for your child.

In brief: A Number of Things

It depends upon a number of factors including how much overweight your child is.
With proper diet and exercise, generally 2-3 pounds per week is safe and sustainable.But the best answer is to discuss this with your child's pediatrician and design a specific plan for your child.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Barbara Srur
Also address the family's unhealthy habits and look for psychological factors that could lead to the inappropriate use of food.
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