Guidelines Proposed to Fight Childhood Obesity

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A new report released Thursday by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) contains a list of recommendations to help parents fight childhood obesity, an affliction that affects one in five American 2- to-5-year-olds.  Among the recommendations:

The report is unusual on its focus on younger children, but researchers say early intervention is the smartest approach to staving off the growing problem.  "It's a huge opportunity to instill good habits at a time when you don't have to change old ones," Leann Birch, director of Pennsylvania State University's Center for Childhood Obesity Research, who chaired the IOM panel, told The Associated Press.

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