20% of US teenagers are obese

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A new report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated that one in five youths aged 12 to 19 years has abnormal lipid levels (LDL cholesterol > 130mg/dl, HDL < 35 mg/dl and triglyceride > 150 mg/dl).  Also, nearly one-third of these youths are obese or overweight.

The new CDC report was based 4 NHANES surveys that were taken from 1999 to 2006 on 9,187 youths, of which 3,733 provided fasting blood samples for lipid testing. 

Beside finding abnormal lipid profiles among the youth, the report also discovered that boys were more likely than girls to have low HDL cholesterol and older youths (18-19 years old) were more likely to have low HDL and elevated triglyceride levels than kids aged (12-13 years old).

CDC urges clinicians to be aware of the lipid screening guidelines and initiate interventions for overweight or obese children and youths.

Question:  What is the most effective way to help your child to control the weight or to lose weight when they are obese?

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