Helping obese children lose weight is difficult, RDs say

11/30/2011 | USA Today

It is very difficult for parents to help a severely overweight child lose 100 pounds or more, and registered dietitian Marilyn Tanner says helping them lose 50 pounds and then letting them grow into that weight level may help. Dietitians say severe childhood obesity is a complex medical condition that can have genetic and behavioral components, and a family commitment to changing lifestyle habits is needed to help a child lose weight.

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