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My new obsession is Zumba. As the medical director at Camp Shane, the longest-running weight-loss camp, I was shocked at how much the girls and boys loved Zumba. It’s so much fun. Parents of boys may not think they will, but they love it. At the camp, I would see some of these morbidly obese boys leading the Zumba class, up on stage and enjoying it. If your child doesn’t want to do a group thing, you can start at home. It’s a really fun way to get them moving.
Joanna Dolgoff, M.D., is a pediatrician, child obesity specialist, official spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the author of “Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right” (Rodale, 2010). Dr. Dolgoff has offices in Manhattan, Queens, and throughout Long Island. She lives in Roslyn with her two children, ages 7 and 9.