American Academy of Pediatrics updates guidelines for childhood obesity

Today, for the first time in 15 years, the American Academy of Pediatrics published updated guidelines for child obesity in the Journal of Pediatrics.

CNN—Today, for the first time in 15 years, the American Academy of Pediatrics published updated guidelines for child obesity in the Journal of Pediatrics.

The AAP says the goal is to help families make changes to a more sustainable lifestyle with a focus on behavior therapy.

For children as young as two, that means nutrition support and increased physical activity.

And for teens, that could also include medication, and possibly surgery.

According to the academy, more than 14 million children and teens are considered obese which puts them at higher risk for multiple health issues, including sleep apnea, asthma, bone and join problems, type two diabetes, and heart disease.

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