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We Can’t Call Our Kids Obese When They Are?

I’m overweight and I know it. I am working to change that, of course. That being said, this Yahoo story entitled Experts debate labeling children obese is another example of how pervasive political correctness is in this country. What ever happened to calling a spade a spade?

Children are said to be “at risk for overweight” if their body-mass index is between the 85th and 94th percentiles. They’re “overweight” if their body-mass index is in the 95th percentile or higher — or greater than at least 95 percent of youngsters the same age and gender.

Many pediatricians understand the first category to mean “overweight” and the second one to mean “obese,” said the CDC’s Dr. William Dietz. He said the word “obese” was purposely avoided because of negative connotations but conceded that many pediatricians find the current language confusing.


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