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Childhood and adolescent obesity has been increasing at alarming rates over the past few years. In fact, reports show that an estimated 13 percent of our nations children are overweight or obese, that's more than double what it was just 20 years ago. Hospitalizations due to obesity have nearly tripled. However, Doctor Nazrat Mirra of Children's National Medical Center refers to these percentages as "the tip of the iceberg . She claims that more often than not obesity isn't recorded in hospital records because insurance companies won't pay for treatment until a patient is diagnosed with a formal illness.

Obesity not only exacerbates existing

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