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SALT LAKE CITY — In the midst of growing concern about an obesity epidemic that includes children, worried parents should tread lightly.

Even when love and good intentions drive comments and corrective actions, it may be taken as body shaming, experts say. And it can lead to self-hatred.

A new survey shows 94 percent of teen girls and 64 percent of teen boys have been ridiculed over how they look. Among adults, 90 percent say someone mocked an aspect of their appearance — most common targets are bellies and legs. The survey was conducted for sports and exercise equipment rating company Fit Rated.

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