How Parents Can Help Obese Kids Slim Down

Posted by Angelica Higgins, M.D. on Jan 31, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Sadly, today we are seeing that obesity is definitely a growing epidemic among children. I find that a large percentage of my pediatric patients are obese because of poor diet and lack of exercise.

I’ve observed that many of my patients who are overweight eat a lot of processed meats, starchy foods and sugary drinks while consuming few fresh fruits and vegetables.  

Another big factor contributing to obesity is children simply don’t get enough exercise. Too many schools have made PE optional.

Obesity can lead to detrimental health effects such as hypertension, diabetes, elevated cholesterol, fatty liver, heart disease and early death. But there is good news. Obesity can be reversed by implementing a healthier lifestyle.  I know this because I’ve done it myself.

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Topics: overweight kids, childhood obesity, weight loss tips for kids, obesity

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