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How early can doctors determine if a child is becoming overweight?

Roughly one in three American children today is overweight; doctors will begin looking at body mass index (BMI) in children at the two-year well-child visit to determine if the child is trending toward overweight at an early age. They work with families to come up with a plan that addresses both nutrition and exercise, ensuring a healthy trajectory going forward. Because children naturally want to be active, most of these behaviors can be easily modified by motivated parents, reducing issues later in life.

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