Medical Breakthroughs

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With childhood obesity on the rise, doctors stress the importance of plotting a child's height and weight on the Body Mass Index chart to see if they are within weight standards.

A study done at the University of Pittsburgh Children's Medical Center found that 60 percent of overweight school-age children's weight status was not documented on their medical charts. Seventy-six percent of overweight adolescents were correctly identified.

The researchers studied over 2,500 well-child visits. They also found the doctors did a good job of advising overweight children about diet, but not enough about exercise.