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Avoid shaming obese kids, doctors advise parents

NEW YORK: Shaming obese kids about their weight doesn’t encourage them to shed excess pounds, U.S. doctors warn. In fact, it often has the opposite effect and contributes to behaviors like binge eating, inactivity, social isolation, and avoidance of routine medical checkups, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Obesity Society advise in a joint policy statement. “Keep it positive. We know that making change is tough, and patients will likely have trouble initially meeting some of their goals, but we can learn…