(HealthDay News) — Overweight children are at risk for a number of health problems from childhood into adulthood.

Here are suggestions for discussing the subject with your doctor, courtesy of the American Heart Association:

  • Prepare a list of questions and concerns. Ask the doctor if you may phone or meet privately if you don’t want to discuss in front of a child.
  • Before the visit, chat with your child about healthier living, and what that means for the family.
  • Bring up your child’s weight, even if your doctor doesn’t.
  • Focus on how the entire family can become healthier, rather than just on the child.

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