By LINDSEY TANNER, Associated Press
CHICAGO — The American Medical Association states yearly instruction aimed at preventing obesity should be required for public schoolchildren and teens.
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Support for such education is among new obesity-fighting policies that the nation’s largest physicians group adopted at its annual meeting Wednesday.
The AMA states it will support legislation that would require yearly classes in causes, consequences and prevention of obesity for grades 1 through 12.
Doctors will be encouraged to volunteer their time to help the effort.
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Another new policy states the AMA supports the idea of taxing sugar-sweetened sodas as one way to help pay for obesity-fighting programs. But the group stopped short of a full-fledged endorsement. Some physicians think soda taxes would disproportionately hurt the poor and disadvantaged.
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