WOODBURY - New research on childhood obesity says a higher percentage of children are severely obese.

According to a new study from the Duke Clinical Research Institute, finds that an estimated 6 million children and adolescents in the United States are considered severely obese — or more than 100 pounds overweight.

For those struggling with childhood obesity, there are some programs on Long Island that may be able to help, including one at Stony Brook University Hospital. Doctors say they work with children in the program, catering to their individual needs.

The Stony Brook program lasts three to six months, and some parts are covered by insurance.

At the Patchogue YMCA this Saturday will be a healthy kids day, which will provide free access to its facilities from noon to 3 p.m.