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How do i know if my child is overweight

A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
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
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
A MIX of THINGS: Increasing and maintaining a good excercise routine is part. Then implementing regular cosistant portion control of food intake. If you limit portions... Read More

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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marc Neff
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
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Have the whole : family participate in regular exercise like walking, bike-riding or a sport. Limit screen time (videos, TV + computer) to 2 hours/day. Remove the TV &... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 28 years experience
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 39-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
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
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
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Errol Ozdalga
Hospital-based practice 13 years experience
Unlikely: Unlikely, things like diabetes and hi blood pressure go away (often at any age) when you become healthy! congratulations!
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
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
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
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 36-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
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Valerie Hines
Pediatrics 17 years experience
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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