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American Agenda (Health: Children and Cholesterol) #113709

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 07, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Boston, Massachusetts: Tim Johnson) Concern over cholesterol in diets of children featured; details given of crusade against cholesterol, case of child Catherine Pilvallay cited as example [MOTHER - says daughter has not complained about new diet.] Med. study in Louisiana noted. [Study head Dr. Gerald BERENSON - says heart disease begins in childhood.] Controversy over testing children for cholesterol explained. [American Health Fndn. Dr. Nancy HALEY - discusses findings of fats in children's diets.] Opposition to routine testing by American Academy of Pediatrics noted. [Academy representative Dr. Laurence FINBERG - says there may not be payoff for cost of testing.] Vienna, Virginia, children Jamie and Cory Harmon cited as example; scenes shown of children taking part in program to monitor cholesterol levels. [MOTHER - comments.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Doctors' concern over parents who overreact to children's diets stated.

Jennings, Peter;
Johnson, Tim

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