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<< Managing Childhood Obesity In The Emergency Department

Introduction

Childhood obesity is an epidemic. Today’s obese youth are heavier than in previous decades.1-5 The dramatic increases in childhood overweight and obesity in the United States since 1980 are an important public health concern. The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that 16.9% of children and adolescents 2 to 19 years of age are obese.6

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