Parents should be involved in treatment programs for their obese children, according to a new scientific statement published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

"In many cases, the adults in a family may be the most effective change agents to help obese children attain and maintain a healthier weight," said Myles S. Faith, Ph.D., chair of the American Heart Association's statement writing group and associate professor of Nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. "To do so, the adults may need to modify their own behavior and try some research-based strategies."

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