Childhood obesity is one of the most prevalent medical conditions of our time, and the prevalence continues to increase at an alarming rate. Obese and overweight children are likely to stay obese as they age, making them far more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and diabetes at a younger age. They are also at an increased risk of musculoskeletal disorders and certain types of cancer.
There are many factors that can increase a child’s risk of becoming overweight:
Obesity can put a child at increased risk for a host of health complications as they age, including:
If your child is overweight, there are several things you can do to get things back on the right track:
Beyond that, make sure that your child sees his/her pediatrician for well-child checkups at least once per year. During these visits, your child’s doctor will calculate your child’s body mass index (BMI) and help you develop a personalized plan to ensure that your child returns to a healthy weight and maintains that healthy weight throughout his/her adolescence.