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Procedure - Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is one of the most prevalent medical conditions of our time, and the prevalence continues to increase at an alarming rate. Obese and overweight children are likely to stay obese as they age, making them far more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and diabetes at a younger age. They are also at an increased risk of musculoskeletal disorders and certain types of cancer.

Causes of Childhood Obesity

There are many factors that can increase a child’s risk of becoming overweight:

  • Diet – regularly eating foods that are high in sugar and fat, such as fast food and vending machine snacks. Sugary soft drinks and fruit juices contribute, as well.
  • Lack of exercise – sedentary activities like playing video games or watching television can cause children to not burn as many calories as they should.
  • Genetics – if a child’s family has a history of obesity, he or she may be more likely to put on weight, as well.

Complications of Childhood Obesity

Obesity can put a child at increased risk for a host of health complications as they age, including:

Treatment

If your child is overweight, there are several things you can do to get things back on the right track:

  • Eat meals as a family
  • Make certain that your child gets enough sleep
  • Provide healthy snacks
  • Limit or eliminate your child’s intake of sugary drinks
  • Limit “screen time” to two hours per day

Beyond that, make sure that your child sees his/her pediatrician for well-child checkups at least once per year. During these visits, your child’s doctor will calculate your child’s body mass index (BMI) and help you develop a personalized plan to ensure that your child returns to a healthy weight and maintains that healthy weight throughout his/her adolescence.

John  Allred, DO, Pediatrics,  Grand View

Allred, John, DO
3485 West 5200 South
Roy, UT
801-475-3900
Edward  Brown, MD, Pediatrics,  Professional Center North

Brown, Edward, MD
4650 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT
801-475-3130
Jason  Church, MD, Pediatrics,  Mountain View

Church, Jason, MD
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600
Brad  Clark, DO, Pediatrics,  West Point

Clark, Brad, DO
145 S 3000 W
West Point, UT
801-475-3960
Dustin  Havey, PA-C, Pediatrics,  Canyon View

Havey, Dustin, PA-C
1159 East 12th Street
Ogden, UT
801-475-3700
Matthew  Naegle, DO, Pediatrics,  Canyon View

Naegle, Matthew, DO
1159 East 12th Street
Ogden, UT
801-475-3700
Jeffrey  Ryan, PA-C, Pediatrics,  Mountain View

Ryan, Jeffrey, PA-C
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600
Zane  Williams, PA-C, Pediatrics,  Mountain View

Williams, Zane, PA-C
1100 West 2700 North
Pleasant View, UT
801-475-3600