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Academy website points up tie between obesity, mental illness

Child obesity and the threat of mental health problems go hand-in-hand.

That’s the message the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry released today in a press report designed to shine a light on both challenges.

The message is timely because as many as one-third of children in the U.S. are obese or overweight.

To help address those challenges, the academy offers an online series, “Facts for Families,” that gives information on these health conditions, as well as ways to address them.

You can read that information here

Information includes conditions caused by the habits that lead to child obesity. They include high blood pressure, diabetes, breathing problems and trouble sleeping.

The series also includes information on what causes childhood obesity and mental health conditions.

To get a sense of the scope of the problem in Buffalo, you can read a story I wrote last month about Candi Possinger, a registered dietitian and manager of nutrition services with Catholic Medical Partners, the doctor arm of the regional Catholic Health System. Read a related blog post here

– Scott Scanlon

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Scott Scanlon

Scott Scanlon

Scott Scanlon is an award-winning reporter and editor who has covered various topics in his quarter-century as a journalist in South Florida, Syracuse and Buffalo. He is aiming to pass along what he is learning these days about health, fitness, nutrition and family life.

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