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How to talk to your child about losing weight

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A new number from the CDC indicates 17-percent of kids today are now considered obese, which is nearly three times what it has been in the last 30 years. So how do you talk to a child about losing weight without shattering their self esteem? Dr. Denise Edwards gives us advice.

 "We as a family need to work on making some healthier changes, so we're going to try some new vegetables.  We're going to try some new things. We're going to try to be more active as a family."

Dr. Edwards says instead of singling out an overweight child; make it a family effort to adopt a healthier lifestyle. She also says no food should be off limits, but just eat less frequently.  Finally, Dr. Edwards says it's not healthy for either adults or children to go on a drastic diet because depriving yourself or someone else won't work in the long term.

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