Task force: Screen kids, obesity treatment works

By: Lindsey Tanner / AP Medical Writer
By: Lindsey Tanner / AP Medical Writer

CHICAGO (AP) -- An influential doctors panel says most children should be screened for obesity and sent to intensive behavior treatment if they need to lose weight.

The new advice from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says recent studies show that children can lose weight if put in rigorous diet and behavior therapy programs. Doctors on the panel say the new advice could transform how doctors deal with overweight children. And they say it should encourage insurers to pay for intensive weight-loss treatment for kids.


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