In a recent study led by Dr. Emily Liu of Kaleida Health?s Women?s and Children?s Hospital in Buffalo, NY, researchers looked at medical records of 385 children seen by endocri-nologists. They found abnormally high insulin levels in children as young as 4 years old.
The parents, many of whom were obese themselves, were instructed on proper diet and exercise for their children. They also were advised to meet with a dietitian. After 2 years, however, the children were found to be even more overweight.
"An effective weight-loss program should not only focus on children, it should also include the parents and the school system.?High-calorie school lunches may add to the problem," Dr. Liu said. "Perhaps the epidemic of obesity can be stopped if we intervene very early with an intensive behavioral modification program."
Although the annual HIV diagnosis rate between 2010 and 2014 decreased for black individuals by 16.2%, blacks remain disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS.
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