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Dr. Deborah Archer
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Overweight Child (Overview)

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 with other children in a standard graph. If their BMI is >95%le they fall in the obesity category.


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What symptoms will an overweight child display?

What symptoms will an overweight child display?

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 cause add or adhd or even more colds, "flu" etc. ...Read more

Dr. Deborah Archer
76 Doctors shared insights

Overweight Child (Overview)

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 with other children in a standard graph. If their BMI is >95%le they fall in the obesity category.


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What is the definition or description of: Overweight child?

What is the definition or description of: Overweight child?

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 with other children in a standard graph. If their BMI is >95%le they fall in the obesity category. ...Read more

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Caring for a Special Needs Child (Checklist)

Pick a good primary care provider
once
Keep a notebook of your child's health problems and medical specialists
monthly
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Is it true that an overweight child will eventually have a harder time getting and staying in shape as an adult?

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

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Any great exercise ideas for an overweight child?

Any great exercise ideas for an overweight child?

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

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Breastfeeding Your Child (Checklist)

Try to eat organic, especially lots of fruits and veggies
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What can I serve to an overweight child for breakfast?

What can I serve to an overweight child for breakfast?

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

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What's the best way to get an overweight child to lose weight?

What's the best way to get an overweight child to lose weight?

A well: Balanced diet without the junk food and soda plus an increased activity level. Cut back on video games and tv and move more. ...Read more

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Managing Your Child's Diabetes (Checklist)

Measure your child's glycated haemoglobin every three months
monthly
Measure your child's blood sugar daily
daily
Make sure your child eats high-fiber, unprocessed foods, and limit simple sugars
daily
Your child should be active daily, as exercise increases insulin sensitivity
daily
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What's a way to try and get an overweight child to lose some weight?

What's a way to try and get an overweight child to lose some weight?

Excersize.: Kids should have daily excersize and play patterns to remain active and healthy. ...Read more

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Need help with my slightly overweight child focus on diet or exercise first?

Need help with my slightly overweight child focus on diet or exercise first?

Both: Need to focus on both avenues. Limit screen time and encourage outdoor activities even if it is just walking. Eliminate sodas and dairy. Encourage increase water consumption. Remove sweets and snacks and replace with fruits and vegetables. ...Read more

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Parenting a Child During Puberty (Checklist)

Be proactive and truthful
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Allow room for growth
once
Explore books on puberty at your child's level
weekly
Talk, as communication is important
weekly
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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?

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

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What is the treatment for overweight child?

What is the treatment for overweight child?

STOP SUGAR: This is by far the commonest answer that I offer. See my post on my blog? "sweet and dangerous". The blog is "oxygen, the spark of life" that you can google. By the way, this includes diet drinks and all sweeteners. ...Read more

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Parenting a Child with a Learning Disorder (Checklist)

Request a full psychological evaluation for your child
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Make sure that your child's evaluations are updated
Yearly
Meet with a psychologist
Weekly
If applicable, join a special education organization for parents
Monthly
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Should I use formula milk for my overweight child or a regular skim milk?

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

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Helping your Child through College (Checklist)

Make a pre-college physical with their doctor
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Be supportive, but not intrusive
once
Allow them to figure out how to live independently
once
Encourage them to get enough sleep and eat healthily
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How can I help prevent my overweight child from getting diabetes mellitus type 2?

How can I help prevent my overweight child from getting diabetes mellitus type 2?

Weight loss: The best was you can prevent your child from developing diabetes is to help them lose weight and return to a normal weight for their age, sex, and height. Controlling their diet and encouraging regular physical activity will help with this. ...Read more

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What is better for my 10 year old overweight child: a treadmill or a cycling machine?

What is better for my 10 year old overweight child: a treadmill or a cycling machine?

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

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What is the relationship between being an overweight child and adult obesity?

What is the relationship between being an overweight child and adult obesity?

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

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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?

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

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Motherinlaw blamed me for my childs overweight problem?

Motherinlaw blamed me for my childs overweight problem?

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

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Child overweight, doesn't want to exercise, what to do?

Child overweight, doesn't want to exercise, what to do?

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

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Child overweight problem. Why do schools not serve nonfat milk?

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

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My child is overweight! What can I do to help him live a long, healthy life?

My child is overweight! What can I do to help him live a long, healthy life?

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 by removing 1 tsp of every 5, of all foods, the child will generally do better with weight, no matter how old. ...Read more

Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

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