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Dr. Deborah Archer
76 doctors shared insights

Overweight Child (Overview)

Overweight child is a condition in which a child's weight is too heavy compared to the child's height.


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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)

Overweight child is a condition in which a child's weight is too heavy compared to the child's height.


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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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Caring for a Special Needs Child (Checklist)

Pick a good primary care provider
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Keep a notebook of your child's health problems and medical specialists
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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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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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Breastfeeding Your Child (Checklist)

Try to eat organic, especially lots of fruits and veggies
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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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Whats 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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Parenting a Child During Puberty (Checklist)

Be proactive and truthful
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Allow room for growth
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Explore books on puberty at your child's level
weekly
Talk, talk, talk
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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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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
1,251 doctors shared insights

Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more