Obesity Consultation

Pediatric Associates of Austin -  - Pediatrician

Pediatric Associates of Austin

Pediatricians located in Austin, TX

Childhood obesity can lead to a variety of problems in your child, including high blood pressure and diabetes. These problems are preventable, and we want to aid in their prevention! The providers at Pediatric Associates of Austin assess weight, height, and body mass index during well-child examinations. At these visits, they discuss healthy choices including the importance of a healthy diet and exercise. Because obesity can lead to abnormalities in cholesterol and can cause diabetes, in addition to other health complications, creening lab work may be ordered. When obesity and its associated health complications persist despite our recommendations and our patient’s best efforts, referrals to specialists, such as nutrition, endocrinology, or cardiology, may be needed.

Obesity Consultation Q&A

What Causes Children to Be Overweight?

There are many different reasons a child could be overweight. Some of these reasons include consistently eating an unhealthy amount of food, poor diet, lack of exercise, and sometimes genetics. There are also rare occasions where an underlying medical condition can cause weight gain. During an obesity visit, your pediatrician can help narrow down the cause of your child’s weight gain.

What Are the Health Problems Associated with Childhood Obesity?

Childhood obesity opens a child up to a number of different problems. The most common of these problems are high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, sleep disorders, high cholesterol, heart disease, and problems with the bones and skin. Additionally, overweight children have a much higher risk of developing certain mental issues such as low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression.

How Can You Tell if a Child Is Obese?

Since children go through growth spurts, it might not always be easy to know if he or she is overweight or just developing a larger frame. The easiest way to identify if your child is obese is to calculate his or her body mass index (BMI). This measurement compares your child’s height and weight ratio to a standardized set of values. Additionally, their pediatrician can look back at their growth rate over the years to determine how much he or she should weigh.

What Is the Treatment for Obese Children?

Generally, children who are obese should be put on a healthy diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables. Obese children should also start exercising more. In rare cases, an obese child might require weight loss medications or weight loss surgery.

If your child is obese, scheduling an obesity consultation can help you find ways to lower your child’s weight and prevent weight problems from developing.

How Do I Prevent My Child from Becoming Obese?

Prevention is the best treatment. To prevent your child from gaining too much weight, it is highly recommended to provide your child with healthy meals, positive encouragement and reinforcement, and an active lifestyle.