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“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.

The guidance was released online Friday by the journal Pediatrics and will be presented Sunday at an American Heart Association conference in Florida.

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Marchione reported from Milwaukee

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Online:

Guidelines: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/site/misc/2009-2107.pdf