Children ages 2 to 19 need to reduce their calorie intake by an average of 64 calories per day to meet the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' goal of cutting the childhood obesity rate to 14.6% by 2020, a study found. Without the calorie reduction, the obesity rate will be 20%, compared with the current rate of 16.9%, researchers said. The findings appear in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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