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The panel also suggests using more frank terms for kids who are overweight and obese than some government agencies have used in the past. Children whose BMI is in the 85th to 95th percentile should be called overweight, not “at risk for overweight,” and kids whose BMI is in the 95th percentile or higher should be called obese, not “overweight _ even kids as young as age 2, the panel said.

“Some might feel that `obese’ is an unacceptable term for children and parents,” so doctors should “use descriptive terminology that is appropriate for each child and family,” the guidelines recommend.

They were released online Friday by the journal Pediatrics.


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