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how do i know if my child is overweight

A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Exercise: The best thing for an overweight child is to establish a routine of physical activity - doesn't have to be sports, but whatever it is, it should be fu ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marc Neff
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Specializes in General Surgery
Childhood obesity: A growing problem in our country is childhood obesity. The dietary education is slowly happening in schools, but there needs to be an emphasis on reg ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
27 years experience Bariatrics
Physical activity: Lack of physical activity is a common reason children are overweight. Limit tv and video games, and encourage active play such as riding a bike or ot ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Play more: One way to counteract the excess calories is to burn it off with more activities. Take away tv time or the video games. Gradually work on behavioral ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Not a problem: Cook healthy. The thin one will love it and not notice the difference. The overweight one will learn good habits. Make balanced meals that are heavy ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Errol Ozdalga
12 years experience Hospital-based practice
Unlikely: Unlikely, things like diabetes and hi blood pressure go away (often at any age) when you become healthy! congratulations!
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience Preventive Medicine
Possibly some: The obsity is bad enough and reflects poor diet, particularly sugary stuff. The trouble with that is that it might make the child more emotional and c ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Webb
12 years experience Pediatrics
Be a good role model: Engage your whole family in healthy lifestyle activities- pack and picnic and go to the park, take family hikes and bike rides. Spend time at the poo ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
Take the family.....: Take your child, your husband, your mother-in-law, and any other person involved in the care of this overweight child to the doctor. Get professional ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Valerie Hines
16 years experience Pediatrics
BMI 85-95%: An overweight child is a child who's body mass index (BMI) is between 85-95%le. This is calculated using his/her weight and height and then compared w ... Read More

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