NEW HAVEN—The 10-year-old girl came into Dr. Meredith Williams’ office with unusual neck bumps. Williams quickly determined what that meant: an early sign of obesity.

Later that morning, in came another 10-year-old with a similar problem. “We would love to see her grow a bit taller without gaining too much more weight,” Williams told the child’s mother.

Williams (pictured above) had been telling her visitors that all morning in her office at the Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center on Columbus Avenue.

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