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Preventing Childhood Obesity

From SiriusXM’s Doctor Radio

Obesity rates among children and adolescents have tripled in the last several decades. Today, 17 percent of children are obese, compared to 60 percent of adults who are overweight or obese. Dr. Alexandra Roche, a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine and a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, offers advice for parents on how they can help their children establish lifelong health habits, including:

  • Focusing on a healthy lifestyle instead of specific numbers
  • The importance of establishing consistent meal times
  • How children can confuse hunger for another emotion or feeling

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