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Obese Teens at Risk for Severe Adult Obesity

Study Shows 37% of Obese Boys and 51% of Obese Girls Become Severely Obese Adults

Advice for Parents

Gordon-Larsen tells parents of all children to "keep an eye on the weight gain."

She suggests parents have a goal of ''keeping a healthy household." That means focusing on healthy food options and building physical activity into the day, encouraging kids to walk more and move more.

Rieder agrees, suggesting that healthy changes need to be adopted by all family members, not just children who are trying to maintain or lose weight. "As a family, you adopt a healthier lifestyle for everyone," she says. "The whole family does it together."

Beyond those changes, Rieder says, ''the obese child needs a lot of support." She suggests parents of obese children and obese teens talk to their child's pediatrician and ask for screenings for diabetes, high cholesterol, and other potential problems. Ask what resources are available in the community to help your child lose weight.

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