Number of Overweight American Kids Skyrockets

September 5, 2008 by  
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Just as adults do, overweight children face increasing health risks not only from obesity-associated diabetes but from heart disease and some cancers.

There also may be psychological problems associated with being overweight, said Vicki Panaccione, who has a doctorate in psychology and practices in Melbourne.

Although in her practice, children rarely are referred solely because they’re overweight, it seems logical obesity can threaten self-worth, she said.

“Even for kids who are somewhat overweight, this can be a problem,” said Panaccione. “Other kids can be cruel, and that can’t help an overweight child’s self-esteem.

As published in Florida Today.
Florida Today

© MMVI Vicki Panaccione, Ph.D.

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