TIME - "Experts Define Heaviest Kids as Severely Obese"

Obesity rates in the U.S. have started to stall in recent years, but the fastest growing percentage of obese children are those at the heaviest end of the spectrum, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).

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 – September 9, 2013  –– 

In a new statement, published in the journal Circulation, researchers from the AHA report that about 5% of kids in the U.S. are severely obese. "Obesity is a stigma in society, but people do not realize that you cannot blame the obese person. There are so many factors involved, both conscious and unconscious and it doesn't help to be critical. We need to identify what the origins of obesity are and we need to identify them earlier," says Dr. Valentin Fuster, the director of Mount Sinai Heart at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. "[The paper shows] we have a problem, and we are struggling and not winning."

- Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director of Mount Sinai Heart and Physician-in-Chief, The Mount Sinai Medical Center

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