Childhood obesity is increasing — 18.5% of American children aged 2-19 are clinically obese, and many more are overweight. The physicians at Comprehensive Pediatrics in Edison, New Jersey, offer expert child obesity treatment and compassionate care to help your child reach and maintain a healthy weight and reduce their risk of many health problems. Call Comprehensive Pediatrics today or schedule a consultation online if your child is overweight or obese.
Children go through several growth spurts, and their body shape evolves as they grow up. Depending on your child’s body type and age, they might have more “baby” fat than their peers.
Generally, a weight that’s between the 5-85th percentile of their age group is healthy. If you have concerns about your child’s weight, talk to the team at Comprehensive Pediatrics.
An unhealthy diet and insufficient exercise are common causes of weight gain and obesity. In rare cases, underlying health issues like hormonal imbalances can contribute to obesity.
The doctor not only evaluates your child’s health and weight but helps you implement changes to improve and protect your child’s health.
Being overweight or obese contributes to many health problems. For example, prediabetes and type 2 diabetes are becoming more prevalent in children and adolescents.
This is due to a higher percentage of young people being overweight or obese, which is one of the primary risk factors for the disease.
Additionally, overweight or obese children have a higher risk of:
Overweight or obese children are also more likely to be bullied and have low self-esteem, depression, or behavioral problems.
The team at Comprehensive Pediatrics begins with a physical exam and consultation to measure your child’s weight. They review your child’s personal and family medical history, as well as their diet and activity levels.
Their doctor also orders blood tests to check your child’s cholesterol levels, blood sugar, and hormones, screening for physical health issues that either contribute to or stem from obesity. They screen for other mental and behavioral health concerns that can influence weight gain, too.
After evaluating your child’s condition, their physician creates a weight loss program that includes a healthy diet and recommended physical activity goals. For example, they might suggest that your child gets at least 30 minutes of vigorous activity every day.
If you’re concerned about childhood obesity, call Comprehensive Pediatrics or make an appointment online today.