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Study: Overweight kids don't receive proper care

Posted On Wed, October 19, 2011

A recent study from Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics discovered that 55 percent of children who are overweight or obese do not receive follow-up help from doctors, which could hurt their improvements.

While the initial response from doctors is typically strong and helpful, the study notes that many of these people need to receive counseling and other guidance that is not prevalent. In addition, older children who are overweight need additional care, as they are more likely to be unable to cut down the weight before they reach adulthood.

"For intervention to work, we have to aggressively seek uniformity in provider counseling practices and encourage regular follow-up," said Kerri Wade, PNP-BC, a nurse practitioner and lead author of the study. "We also need to give healthcare providers the tools they need to give practical, individualized support to each patient."

Consumers should ensure that their coverage covers such healthcare costs if they have a child who needs special care. If not, there are many affordable health insurance quotes available that have excellent coverage.

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