Data published in the CDC's Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report revealed few overweight and obese children receive recommended screenings for obesity-linked conditions. Researchers said about 30% of overweight and 40% of obese children had a lipid panel test, while only 5% of overweight and only about 10% of patients who were obese received a fasting glucose test. Only 1.5% of obese children had procedure codes indicating they were asked about their family history of diabetes. "The increased obesity-related morbidity and low levels of diagnostic coding and laboratory screening identified in this study present a challenge to efforts to reduce and treat childhood obesity," the authors wrote.

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