Weight Issues in Children

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being. If you child has weight issues, its important to take steps at an early age to reverse the trend. Dr. Edward Hill goes over some tips to a healthier lifestyle for your child in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

It may be hard for you to tell if your child is overweight. As children grow and develop, some weight changes are normal. If youre concerned about your childs weight, talk to your family doctor or pediatrician. Your doctor will use a chart to find out your childs ideal weight.

Weight problems can be very hard to fix, so its important to prevent the problem if possible. Here are some tips to help keep your child at a healthy weight:

Provide a healthy diet for your child. Be sure to provide plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Drink water as much as possible.

Get the whole family to start eating a healthier diet and exercising together.

Dont use food to comfort or to reward your child.

Fast food is typically very high in calories, saturated fat and trans fat, so limit visits to fast-food restaurants.

Be a good role model. Make sure that you are making healthy food choices and incorporating exercise into your life.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.