Organizations have responded to the increasing prevalence of pediatric overweight by publishing practice guidelines. Pediatric overweight is a medical condition requiring diagnosis and treatment by competent medical professionals. However, the medical community may lack the skills and time needed to help educate parents. Extension education programming incorporating a "do no harm" approach may help prevent inappropriate weight management strategies and reduce parenting stress. The application of successful intervention components helps promote the enjoyment of food and physical activity. The article includes extensive references.

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