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Medical Task Force Recommends ‘Behavioral Counseling’ For Obese Kids

The United States Preventive Services Task Force is suggesting that obese children as young as six should undergo “comprehensive, intensive behavioral interventions.”

In a paper published in the medical journal JAMA, the independent group of doctors and medical experts noted that nearly 20% of children and adolescents aged two to 19 years in the U.S. have a body mass index (BMI) at or above the 95th percentile.

The task force found that early intervention had a moderate net benefit in reducing childhood obesity.

“The USPSTF concludes with moderate certainty that providing or referring children and adolescents 6 years or older with a high BMI to comprehensive, intensive behavioral interventions has a moderate net benefit,” the group said.

The group also studied the effectiveness of prescribing weight loss medication but found the evidence about its effectiveness to be “inadequate.”

Dr. Brett Osborn, a neurologist and longevity expert who was not affiliated with the study, told Fox News that obesity is a “gateway disease “ and said the task force’s recommendation is a “call to action.”

“This recommendation is not just a guideline; it’s a call to action,” Osborn said.

He added, “These interventions focus on supervised physical activity (supplanting mobile phone usage with structured exercise), healthy eating education, and behavior change techniques.”

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