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Medicine For Overweight Child
Is it true that an overweight child will eventually have a harder time getting and staying in shape as an adult?
Yes: If you think about it, the major problem with obesity is to change your eating and exercising habit (although there are other reason for it as well). As hard as it may sound, the easier time to change those habits is when they are young. As human beings, the older we get, the harder to change those habits. So if we can't change those habit when our kids are young... It is even more difficult later. ...Read more
Make it fun: The key to helping an overweight child exercise is to make it fun: sports! It can be as simple as a family softball game. Soccer is low impact and burns up a lot of calories. There are under (x age) teams everywhere. Tennis with supervision is so much fun. Lead by example. Take your kid to the tennis court. Get lessons for both of you if you don't know how. Swimming is great in the summer. ...Read more
300 calories: Breakfast should be protein rich with some carbs and little fat. An egg (75 cal), 2 pieces of low cal toast (35 each), jelly (50 cal), and fruit like orange, melon, peach, pear, or apple or two - aiming for 300 calories. No hi calorie juice. Alternatively, a bowl of high fiber cereal with nonfat milk and a piece of fruit would also be <300 calories. Breakfast is a "jumpstart", shouldn't be heavy. ...Read more
Excersize.: Kids should have daily excersize and play patterns to remain active and healthy. ...Read more
Why is the weight of a person important when prescribing medications? And can you prescribe for an overweight child the same dose given to a fit adult?
Dilution: The amount of a medication needed to work will depend on how strong it needs to be. Compare the process to putting a teaspoon of x in 4 ounces against a teaspoon in 6 ounces. You end up with one more dilute and not as strong. Prescribing by weight is important for most but not all medications. It is most important in childhood when weights at a given age vary by quite a bit. ...Read more
At what age: Formula is not milk and skim milk would be a poor choice if the child were under a year of age& needed the nutritional additives in formula. If your child is truly overweight, based on charts comparing weight for height at his/her age a low fat milk may be appropriate. Generally we don't do this under 2 as the brain needs fat & cholesterol for growth in this period. ...Read more
PlAy is better: Active lifestyle is what I stress and for a 10 year old I would use the word play, kicking a soccer ball, jumping rope playing tag playing hide and seek, riding a bike also chores like walking your dog yard work cleaning your room. I would not say treadmill or jogging! make it fun. ...Read more
Strong!: Obesity is in epidemic form in the U.S. The most important cause is the "junk", particularly sugary stuff, ice cream, sodas including, sweeteners etc. The taste mechanism is a signal to the brain that gives pleasure. It should be a combination of sweet, sour, bitter, astringent, salt and metal that gives flavor as appredciated in all "god made" food. Obesity is a reflection of hedonism. ...Read more
Any good healthy recipes for a overweight child besides exercise, I'm talking about food (don't like veggies) any way to make it fun?
Fun food: Depending on the age of the child, you can get them interested in cooking and food preparation. Show them how to mix ingredients in a bowl. Older children can cut up vegetables and other ingredients. Gradually, involve them in the actual cooking, with close supervision. Also, you can sneak vegetable puree into various foods- ie. Pureed squash goes well in macaroni and cheese. They'll never know! ...Read more
I want to reduce weight. Is any medicine wich help in reducing weight my height 6 feet wt 105 kg. Fm child hood I was not over weight.
See Dr., and then...: Helpful weight loss diets have natural foods that take time to chew but contain few calories. Examples include carrots, celery, and iceberg lettuce (little/no salad dressing). When shopping for fruits, buy small ones no bigger than a tennis ball, because fruits have sugar. Drinks without calories include water and green tea. A calorie is a calorie, but surely avoid sugar & simple starch calories. ...Read more
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 regular exercise as well. I would suggest finding an activity they think is fun...Dance, soccer, karate, and encouraging it. Also, make them turn off the electronics for an hour or so a day, and engage in activities. The video games and apps can wait. ...Read more
Eat right & exercise: Start early by giving a wide variety of healthy foods to infants & toddlers. Make snacks healthy (fruits & veggies, not chips). Exercise regularly as a family (bike rides, walks, swimming, ball games). Don't eat in front of the tv. Don't buy the unhealthy foods: if it's not in the house, the kids won't eat it. Eat as a family and try not to eat until stuffed (be a role model for the kids). ...Read more
Much is genetic: Although there are 70 genes that can help lead to obesity, the impact of diet and habits are also key. Tv, ads, and fast food brainwashes kids to crave burger, chips, and candy. It takes great effort to train kids to really crave apples, green beans, and carrots. Much harder with this generation. But at least worth the effort. ...Read more
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 changes. ...Read more
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 on fruit and vegetables. Avoid convenience foods, fast foods, and junk foods. No hot dogs and burgers! Allow limited desserts on weekends only, dinner only. Provide nutritious snacks like non-fat yogurt and fruit anytime. Reward good habits. ...Read more
Would a person who was overweight as a child, but is in a currently healthy weight as a adult have any future complications?
1% milk ok at school: The milk they serve is important and isn't the problem. It's soda and other sugars and the amount of food the person is eating. Schools are starting to do better by eliminating soda at school in the vending machines. ...Read more
I am 70lbs overweight, and have a major back pain due to lifting my child. What exercise can I do?
I am overweight but my wife has a perfect weight, will our child get the genes from the father and be overweight as well?
Obesity genes: There are over 50 genes that have been implicated in obesity. But genes can make one susceptible to a condition, like obesity, but there will still be an interaction with the environment. Meaning, you may have a risk of becoming diabetic, but it still depends on what you eat. So, your child may have a risk of being obese, but it still depends a large part on your childs diet and exercise habits. ...Read more
Can you tell me what you suggest if the husband was overweight but the wife had a perfect weight, will the child get the genes from the father and be overweight as it grows?
Wt-155lbs ht. 5.4 ft. If she conceive child then is there any problem to my wife or child in pregnancy. As she is lil bit overweight. Pls advice..
My husband and I are thinking about having another child. But I am overweight and my periods are very regular. I'm not sure if I'm ovulating or not.
"Hit or miss": Ovulation in significantly overweight or obese patients is "hit or miss" as periods are often irregular as a result of hormonal suppression of ovulation. The good news is that you obviously have one child already and have proven that the system works. Step one is diet and exercise for weight reduction prior to pregnancy. Step two if that fails is to see a GYN MD who handles fertility issues. ...Read more
How easy is it for a 41 year old woman to get pregnant on her first sexual encounter? Her last child is 14 years old. She is overweight & doesn't exercise.
Hello.: Hello. Although fertility rates have dropped significantly by that age, it only takes one viable egg and one healthy, motile sperm to add up to conception. Many women are still able to become pregnant through natural means at that age. Whether or not it occurs the first time two people have sexual intercourse depends on the luck of the draw. The fact that she is overweight, doesn't exercise or that she had her last child 14 years ago, doesn't mean that she can't conceive. With that said, the the odds aren't high for this but it could still occur. ...Read more
If you are overweight does Provera (medroxyprogesterone) work to start your period after having a child?
Often, yes: A big factor in when you get your period after delivery is whether you are breast feeding. While the typical time for menses to resume after delivery is about 6 weeks, breast feeding delays this. If return of menses is unexpectedly delayed, a pregnancy test (perhaps others) should be done. Then a Provera (medroxyprogesterone) challenge can be tried. Being even moderately overweight should not affect this. ...Read more
I am a female in my 20's I have noticed my hair used to be much thicker as a child. My periods are normal is this a hormone issue? Not overweight
Was overweight as a child (29/m now). 215lbs. Is diet + exercise the solution to drop weight and tighten skin (abdominal). Belly is just always there?
Can I have gastric bypass surgery? I'm a 19 year old male who weighs about 168 and is about 5'3. I want to weigh about 140. I was always overweight as a child. The highest I ever weighed was 190. In my second year of college when I suddenly reaalized that
A 5 year old child weight 28 kg :%0ahba1c test: 5.1%, fasting plasma glucose 112 mg%, liver sgot 47, T3 (liothyronine) 1.86, TSH 2.25, what should do for overweight?
Do a 5 yr-old exam,: After doing the 5-year-old routine check-up, the doctor can talk about a healthy diet. That means minimal sugars, less white breads (refined flour), and aiming for natural unprocessed foods. With young kids, the mildly overweight ones can "grow into" their weight if they stay on a proper diet. ...Read more
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