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Parents help overweight kids lead healthier lives

What struck me about this recent group of images by Getty Images photographer John Moore was the involvement of the parents in this nutrition and weight loss program.

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Children hug their parents at the end of gym class as part of the Shapedown program for overweight adolescents and children on Nov. 13 in Aurora, Colorado. The 10-week family-centered program held by the Denver area Children's Hospital teaches youth and their parents ways to lead a healthier more active lifestyle, as a longer lasting weight-loss alternative to dieting. Nationally, some 15 percent of children are overweight or obese, as are some 60 percent of adults.

I commend these parents for taking an active role in helping their kids make positive changes, and realize it must be an emotional and often difficult task for many reasons - perhaps not the least of them being feelings of guilt that they've found themselves in the position to need to take action for the benefit of their children's health.

Have you or other parents you know found yourself/themselves in this situation?  Were there feelings of guilt, or was that overridden by a drive to help the child get healthy?  Or am I off base on what it's like to go through this? Let us know in the comments below.

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Morgan DePalma, 7, does push-ups during the Shapedown program for overweight adolescents and children on Nov. 20.

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John Simms III and his daughter Mandy look over a nutritional guide during the Shapedown program for overweight adolescents and children on Nov. 13.

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Karley Workman (R),14, and her mother Patricia Gould try to do situps during the Shapedown program for overweight adolescents and children on Nov. 13 in Aurora, Colorado.

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Zoe McCoy, 9, stands atop a scale as her mother Clarisse Gonzalez shows her how much weight she lost during the Shapedown program for overweight adolescents and children on Nov. 20.

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A group of children and their parents embrace after a group photo upon graduation from the Shapedown program for overweight adolescents and children on Nov. 20 in Aurora, Colorado.

For more stories on children and obesity, check out these two about the struggle of pre-teen brothers to lose weight, and the parental impact on fussy eaters.