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HealthDay News reports that a new study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests 20 percent of US children and teens “have abnormal lipid levels, an indication of too much bad cholesterol, too little good cholesterol or high triglycerides,” which can “raise the risk for heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States.”

"Forty-three percent of obese youth are eligible for therapeutic lifestyle counseling, and 22 percent of overweight youth were also eligible," says Ashleigh May, an epidemic intelligence service officer with the CDC who authored the report. The story says that “doctors need to be aware of lipid screening guidelines and treatments, especially for obese and overweight youth ... because abnormal lipid levels can lead to heart disease down the road.”
KC's View:
I hate to be a cynic here, but “therapeutic lifestyle counseling” because kids are overweight and have high cholesterol?

How about their parents show a little responsibility and create an environment in which their kids eat less and move more? How about those same parents supporting the idea of school systems that don’t serve slop in the lunchroom and do include mandatory physical education classes?

I’d wish I’d known that phrase when I was in school. I might have suggested it to the nuns and brothers for whom “therapeutic lifestyle counseling” was a hard smack on the back of the head every time I asked a question they didn’t approve of.

(Not that it worked. I have a hard head. You may have guessed...)