Get Well Wednesday: September Is National Childhood Obesity Month

September is Childhood Obesity Month, which helps to bring awareness to the increasing number of children who are overweight and obese. Dr. Lisa Ashe works with children who have health problems due to obesity and hopes that more information about the necessity of children’s healthy eating habits will help to stem this dangerous trend. Here’s more information.

IS OBESITY HEREDITARY?
There is likely a genetic component of obesity, however this form of obesity is very rare, less than 1 percent.

WHAT CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS ARE A RESULT OF  CHILDHOOD OBESITY?

High blood pressure, fatty liver, knee and back pain and arthritis, sleep apnea and risk for diabetes.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PREVENT OR HELP YOUR CHILD FROM CHILDHOOD OBESITY?

Avoid sugary drinks such as soda and juice, limit use of electronics. encourage exercise and outside playing, enroll them in sports or after school activities, limit fast food and encourage portion control.

HOW IS OBESITY MEASURED IN CHILDREN?

It is measured using the Body Mass Index (BMI) which is based on weight and height.

HOW DOES SLEEP AFFECT OBESITY?

Lack of sleep is linked to hormone deregulation, increase caloric intake and decreased energy, all of which can cause obesity.

IS IT OKAY TO PUT YOUR CHILD ON A STRICT DIET?

Yes, it is important to make sure your child is not overeating or eating the wrong things.

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO WHEN YOUR CHILD IS ACTIVE BUT STILL OVERWEIGHT? 

See a nutritionist and evaluate their diet. Also, are they on any medications that may contribute to their being overweight?

IS IT OKAY FOR CHILDREN TO TAKE MEAL SUPPLEMENTS AND DRINK WEIGHT LOSS TUMMY TEA?

Children are growing and need certain amounts of nutrients, calories and protein. These nutrients should be obtained through food and vitamins if recommended by the child’s pediatrician. Additionally, it is important that children learn portion control and how to eat healthy so obesity does not continue into adulthood.

Dr. Lisa Ashe serves as the medical director of Be Well Medical Group – a leading concierge medicine and wellness group currently serving the Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia metro areas. She’s a board certified internal medicine physician.

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