Given the findings, what can a concerned parent do? "A good place to start is to begin to think about healthy habits for the whole family," said Gross. She suggests working together to make small changes that will help with weight control.
For instance, a family can eat healthy meals together or vow to eat more fruits and vegetables daily.
Also, she said research studies are needed at younger ages to pinpoint more precisely the links between weight and other health problems.
For more information on childhood obesity, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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