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Medical Minute: A New Way Of Measuring Obesity In Children

In this Aug. 21, 2013, photo, Sope Creek Elementary School first-grade students run on an outdoor track as part of the school's daily incorporation of physical fitness in Marietta, Ga. Georgia has experienced slight improvements in childhood obesity rates as part of a national trend showing declines in childhood obesity. (AP Photo/Jaime Henry-White)
In this Aug. 21, 2013, photo, Sope Creek Elementary School first-grade students run on an outdoor track as part of the school's daily incorporation of physical fitness in Marietta, Ga. Georgia has experienced slight improvements in childhood obesity rates as part of a national trend showing declines in childhood obesity. (AP Photo/Jaime Henry-White)
Credit Jaime Henry-White / Associated Press

 

Childhood obesity is a growing problem nationally, and here in Georgia a third of children are either overweight or obese.

It’s actually a bit tricky though for pediatricians to measure a child’s obesity, the BMI calculation that generally works in adults falls apart with growing children.

In this “Medical Minute,” senior reporter Jim Burress and medical analyst Dr. Ford Vox talk about the “new BMI” for children – the TMI, which stands for tri-ponderal mass index, highlighting new research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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