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New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics advise parents to have family dinners to prevent teen obesity and eating disorders. (Pixabay)

When it comes to preventing teen obesity and eating disorders, parents and health officials should avoid focusing on teens’ weight or diet, according to new guidelines. Healthy eating and lifestyle habits should be encouraged instead.

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(Courtesy of Foodfacts / Flickr)

The Food and Drug Administration announced its first major change to food nutrition labels since the early 1990s. Will the new information about sugar, calories and serving sizes help people with their diets, or do most people ignore food labels? 

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Silhouettes and waist circumferences representing normal, overweight, and obese.

One in 20 U.S. children are severely obese, and the numbers are rising while treatment remains limited. What does this newly defined class risk mean? A panel of medical experts joins us to discuss.

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Dr. Terry Mason

Need tips on how to stay healthy in 2012? Dr. Terry Mason, Chief Medical Officer for Cook County Health & Hospitals System, joins us with several health recommendations for Chicagoans. Got any questions for Dr. Mason? Ask them here. Please also join us for a live web chat during and after the segment.

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