NEW YORK, NY (Newsource) — For the first time in 15 years, there are new guidelines for treating children with obesity.
The American Academy of Pediatrics published updated guidelines Monday in the Journal Pediatrics.
The AAP says the goal is to help families make changes to a more sustainable lifestyle, with a focus on behavior therapy.
For children as young as two, that means nutrition support and increased physical activity. For teens, that could also include medication, and possibly even surgery.
According to the academy, more than 14 million children and teens are considered obese.
The condition puts them at higher risk for multiple health issues, including sleep apnea, asthma, bone and joint problems, type two diabetes, and heart disease.
The new guidelines do not discuss obesity prevention. The AAP says that will be addressed in another policy statement to come.