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Combating childhood obesity in the Rio Grande Valley

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of obese children across the country has tripled since 1970.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of obese children across the country has tripled since 1970.

Dr. David Sauceda of Valley Children’s Clinic in Harlingen says 25 percent of its clinic population is considered obese.

"We have children under 8 years that are over 100 pounds, which is significantly overweight," Sauceda said.

Childhood obesity can lead to long-lasting impacts such has heart disease, kidney failure, type 2 diabetes and several types of cancers.

Sauceda says healthier living starts with the family as a whole making changes with diet.

"Not a change in diet, but a change in lifestyle. It's becoming what works. Crash dieting works temporarily, but it doesn't work on a long-term. It has to be a lifestyle change," said Sauceda.

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