Doctors to Become Activity Police?

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The American Academy of Pediatrics is encouraging doctors and parents to take a more active role in fighting childhood obesity.

The group has released a new policy statement that encourages children's doctors to routinely monitor how active their young patients are, and even their patients' parents.

In particular, the group wants pediatricians to ask questions about activity levels during regular office visits. The group also wants doctors to document how much time their patients spend on sedentary activities each day and encourage patients to curb time in front of the TV and video games.

Study co-author Doctor Jorge Gomez says it's advice that he's been giving for a long time.

The academy's recommendations are published in the journal Pediatrics.

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