Talking to kids about weight, obesity

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August 25, 2011, 8:12 am
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(NECN) - Childhood obesity is a growing problem in America. Over the past three decades, obesity rates  have tripled.

Right now, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. A new book called "Maggie Goes on a Diet" aims to tackle the problems tied to childhood obesity.

This book is about a 14 year old girl who goes on a diet and is transformed from being extremely overweight and insecure to a normal sized girl who becomes the school soccer star. Through time, exercise and hard work, Maggie becomes more and more confident and develops a positive self image.

While it does have a message of healthy living through diet and exercise, it's coming under fire.

Dr. Claire McCarthy from Children's Hospital Boston joins NECN in-studio to comment. She feels that we should not concentrate on weight but more about health.

Tags: obesity, health, Dr. Claire McCarthy
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