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There's a new medical category four extremely overweight children.
The American Heart Association says nearly 5% of American kids are now severely obese.
The disease is a more serious issue than standard obesity and those in this new classification.
-- a higher risk of type two diabetes and other illness.
Its previous studies have actually shown that when -- this severely obese.
You're building a plaque in your -- that could increase your risk for heart disease for stroke children.
Over age two are considered severely obese if they have a body mass index of 35 or higher.
Or if their BMI is at least 20% greater than the 95 percentile for their gender and age treating the issue can be complicated.
Surgery first of all a lot of these kids can't be cleared -- insurance doesn't always cover very electric surgery for adolescents.
Medication a lot of them are not approved for adolescents some of them are getting taken off the market lifestyle changes can help with losing weight but experts say more research needs to be done to help severely obese kids we have to exercise even -- it only means walking.
That'll help anybody that's obese but.
We also have figured the root causes physicians pediatricians have to look very hard at this group what's going on.
To put the new category into context for you for children of average -- -- 785 pounds seven year old girl and 160 pound thirteen year old boy.
Would be classified as being severely obese.
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