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Obesity Study
(2007-12-24)
(wgvu) - DETROIT (AP) - A University of Michigan survey shows many
parents of obese children may be in denial about their youngsters'
weight.
The study shows that 43 percent of parents with obese or
extremely overweight children between the ages of 6 and 11 said
their child was about the right weight.
Fifty-six percent of parents with obese children ages 12 to 17
said their child was slightly overweight.
The survey of more than 2,000 adults was released earlier this
month.
Obese children run the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure,
cholesterol problems and other ailments more commonly found in
adults.
They also are likely to grow up to be overweight adults.
Doctors say that in about half of cases where a child is obese,
one or both parents also are overweight.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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