Physician Perspectives on Obesity Screening in Hospitalized Children

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Abstract

Nearly one-third of the children in the United States are obese or overweight and face associated physical and mental health issues.1,2 Parents often misperceive and underreport their child's weight status.3–5 This misperception is a major barrier to increasing healthy lifestyle choices, such as limiting screen time, increasing physical activity, improving diet, and participating in prevention programs.6–8 Increasing parental awareness of children's weight status is an important initial step in addressing the obesity epidemic.

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