What is Obesity?
Obesity, a medical condition, is the accumulation of an excess of body fat. It may lead to adverse health effects and reduced life expectancy. When a person’s Body Mass Index (BMI), which compares weight and height, is greater than 30 kg/m2, that person is defined as obese.
Is being obese associated with any other diseases?
Obesity is associated with many diseases and ailments, particularly heart disease, type-2 diabetes, breathing difficulties during sleep, certain types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.
Is being obese really a threat to my child’s life?
Obesity is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide, with increasing prevalence in adults and children. Authorities view it as one of the most serious public health problems of the 21st century.
How do I treat my child’s obesity?
The primary treatment for obesity is dieting and physical exercise. It is important to work with your doctor and dietitian to receive adequate medical supervision while getting the support you need to reach your ideal body weight.
Our approach at North Shore Pediatric Therapy
We work with children to make learning about nutrition fun. Our dietitians use cooking classes, goal sheets, computer games, and other fun activities to build a foundation of knowledge that can be used for life. We work to encourage a child’s parents and siblings in developing a healthier lifestyle, too, so that no one feels left out. Every child gets an individualized plan to help him/her reach his/her genetic potential.