To Keep Teens Slim, Focus on Health not Weight

MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When teenagers are overweight, parents and doctors should encourage a healthy lifestyle rather than worry about the number on the bathroom scale, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says.

In new guidelines that address both teen obesity and eating disorders, the AAP says adults should move away from "weight talk," and instead help kids have a healthy relationship with food and their bodies.

"We need to focus on health and healthy behaviors, rather than the number on the scale," said Dr. Neville Golden, the lead author of the new recommendations. He is a professor of pediatrics at Stanford University's School of Medicine in California.

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