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09 May 2011

Screen toddlers for obesity

Primary care providers should start screening kids for obesity when they're two to five years old instead of waiting until they're older, investigators advise.

Primary care providers should start screening kids for obesity when they're two to five years old, instead of waiting until they're older, investigators advise.

The USPSTF guidelines say kids with an age- and gender-specific BMI at or above the 95th percentile who don't respond to six months of primary care treatment should be referred to more intensive programs, with dietary, physical activity, and behavioural counselling components.

 
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