Is My Child Really Overweight?

Doctors and parents can't help kids get fit if they don't acknowledge the problem


Becky Cohn has worried about her daughter's weight since she was a toddler. Molly would eat "anything and everything," her mother says. "She would eat salads, but she would want three salads. She would eat broccoli but want seconds." The child was completely unlike her older siblings that way — and once she hit school age, Mom felt powerless to control the problem. "She'd go to school and eat her lunch and everyone else's," Cohn says. "I went to the pediatrician and said, 'I feel like I'm watching my daughter drown.'" Molly was nevertheless physically active and had no social problems...

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