As many as 1 in 5 American children and young adults weigh more than is healthy, making childhood obesity a serious national problem. Robert J. Willis, MD, FAAP, of Ludlow Pediatrics serves the children and families of Ludlow, Massachusetts, helping to prevent and treat childhood obesity. For expert consultation and personalized plan to encourage a healthy weight throughout your child’s lifetime, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Childhood obesity is a condition that affects nearly 20% of American children. An obese child is someone younger than 21 who has a higher than normal weight for their age and height.
Your child’s weight and rate of weight gain fluctuate significantly throughout their childhood. Dr. Willis and his team use a measurement called the body mass index (BMI) to determine what a healthy weight range for your child would be.
Obese children are 70% more likely to become obese adults, placing them at significant risk of chronic diseases like:
Obese children often struggle with low self-esteem, which can affect how they learn and interact socially.
Children of obese parents are at a much higher risk of being obese, which is why healthy family habits are the best way to protect your child’s health, especially if you’re overweight yourself.
Other factors that contribute to unhealthy weight include:
As a parent, you can help prevent childhood obesity and reduce your child’s risk of long-term complications of this serious health problem.
You can help prevent childhood obesity in your family by nurturing healthy habits at home. Some of these habits include:
Dr. Willis and the team at Ludlow Pediatrics support your efforts to keep your child as healthy as possible by providing services that promote a healthy weight. These services include nutritional counseling, behavioral therapy, healthy meal plans, activity plans, and ongoing education.
For a personalized plan to prevent or treat childhood obesity, call or schedule an appointment online with Ludlow Pediatrics today.