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Childhood Obesity

Childhood Obesity services offered in Newport Beach and Tustin, CA

Childhood Obesity

Childhood Obesity services offered in Newport Beach and Tustin, CA

Obesity rates continue to climb in America, including in children. Childhood obesity is a serious condition that can cause lasting health effects, which is why Romit Kar, MD, of Kar's Pediatrics, offers treatment and prevention services for families in the communities of Newport Beach and Tustin, California. When you’re ready to schedule a visit, online booking is fast and easy, or you can always call the office during normal business hours. 

Childhood Obesity Q & A

What is the weight at which a child is diagnosed with childhood obesity?

Obesity is diagnosed using body mass index (BMI). This is an index created by dividing a person’s weight (in kilograms) by their height (in meters). The range of what is considered “healthy,” “overweight,” and “obese” is determined using comparisons of many children of the same age and sex. 

Where your child falls on that scale determines whether they are overweight or obese. A number of factors can cause or contribute to a child becoming obese. Genetics, behavior, and certain medications might be partly to blame, and community as well as social factors also come into play. 

What’s clear is that all children deserve the healthiest possible start in life. Addressing childhood obesity is the best way to give your child the skills they need to thrive, both in childhood and adulthood.  

What are the health risks associated with childhood obesity?

Just like adults, kids who are overweight or obese have an elevated risk for a wide range of serious health issues. Some of the conditions clearly linked to obesity include:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • High cholesterol
  • Asthma and other breathing problems
  • Joint pain
  • Fatty liver disease

Kids who are heavier than their peers can also suffer a number of social and emotional problems. They are often excluded or bullied, which can lead to anxiety and depression. 

What kinds of treatments help with childhood obesity?

Obesity prevention is essential, and all parents should take time to understand the risk factors for childhood obesity. Kids who have easy access to high-calorie foods like fast food, candy, and soda can easily consume higher-than-average calories throughout each day. 

Those who have a sedentary lifestyle are also at risk. Kids need to spend plenty of time engaged in physical activity and less time in front of screens. Those with a family history of obesity are also at an elevated risk.

Children are resilient and often respond very quickly to lifestyle modifications. Treating childhood obesity focuses on educating parents and caregivers about the importance of proper nutrition. When kids have access to nourishing foods, plenty of water, and healthy snacks, weight loss follows quickly. 

Boosting physical activity is also an essential part of treating childhood obesity. Finding ways to incorporate more movement and activity into daily routines is critical. Finally, exploring and treating any emotional health issues that might contribute to overeating is also essential. 

When you’re ready to explore prevention and treatment for childhood obesity, call Kar’s Pediatrics to schedule a visit. Online booking is also an option.