"Having always struggled with weight issues as a kid, I personally feel for what these people are going through. . . . The isolation issue begins at home. If the parents see their child as the problem, then it affects their self-esteem and self-worth and usually leads to sneaky, destructive eating. We need to look at the whole family, and that way the child doesn't take on this huge responsibility and blame," she says.
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Percentage of children (6-11 years) and adolescents (12-17) who are overweight, 1988-'94: