Study: Few providers notify parents about child being overweight

12/5/2011 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Only about 22.4% of parents with children aged 2 to 15 whose BMIs are in the 85th percentile reported being told by their health care providers that their child was overweight from 1999 to 2008, a study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine revealed. "As health care providers, it's our job to screen for overweight and obesity and communicate those screening results in sensitive ways, and we are clearly either not doing it or not doing it in a way that families can hear or remember," said study lead author Dr. Eliana Perrin.

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