I’m a mom and a physician; “fat-shaming” fears are putting our kids in danger

Source: Fox News Forum
by Nicole Saphier, MD

“Childhood obesity is a serious problem in the United States. Because of this, the American Academy of Pediatrics released new guidelines for treating childhood obesity for the first time in 15 years, emphasizing the need for intensive action including surgery and medication. In 2017-2019, the CDC reported about 20 percent of kids were obese, defined as a body mass index (BMI) at or above the 95th percentile of the CDC sex-specific BMI-for-age growth charts. Further, kids gained weight at an increased rate during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those who were already overweight. Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates have tripled in the U.S., and today, one of three children is overweight or obese. Remote learning, removal of extracurricular sports and social activities all contributed to sedentary lifestyles adopted during the pandemic.” (01/10/23)