Should Children Be Told They Are Fat?

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

How blunt should parents and doctors be in telling children and teens they're fat?

Medical professionals are debating whether it's time to replace the fuzzy language favored by the federal government with the painful truth -- telling kids they're obese or overweight.

A Denver pediatrician says it may be painful to hear, but it addresses a serious problem head-on. But one Illinois teen who's lost 60 pounds since March says the term "obese" sounds mean.

The diplomatic approach used by many doctors avoids the word obese because of the stigma. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls overweight kids "at risk of overweight."

However, the American Medical Association is considering a policy that would treat fat children the same as adults: labeling them overweight or obese.


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