Dr. Phil sits down with The Doctors to tackle a weighty topic. Obesity in teens is on the rise, and with the extra weight come extraordinary health risks. According to news reports, overweight kids have more stomach problems, headaches, orthopedic issues, diabetes and heart disease. Overweight teens have a higher risk of premature death, and that risk triples for obese young women.
Dr. Phil begins by addressing Dr. Sears. "As a pediatrician, you see this every day. What's going on?" he asks.
"They're eating sugared cereals, right?" asks Dr. Phil.
"Sugared cereals, 7-Up, donuts, Pop Tarts, all that kind of stuff," Dr. Sears explains.
"Well, it's important to note that the rate has doubled," adds Dr. Stork. "So we can't just blame genetics.
"And adults are using food to bribe them, to shut them up. They haven't dealt with their own eating disorders," says Dr. Fields.
"The problem is the biggest image drivers that we have are the media," says Dr. Phil. "The girls who are lifted up as the icons are underweight, and so it defeats a lot of kids who say, 'I can't look like that,' so they just give up and start eating, or they try in the extreme to get there. And many girls actually starve themselves to death trying to look like Posh Spice or Nicole Richie."