Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Child Obesity Treatment

Treatment for obesity in children includes:

Child Obesity Diet

Long-term success with a diet will be largely based on the type of dietary restriction or diet the child is put on. To lose weight, it is essential to eat fewer calories a day than the body needs to maintain a given weight. This is the only way one can lose weight through dieting. A dietitian can help greatly in this process. A dietitian is a nutrition expert that can design a healthy, low-calorie diet that allows losing weight safely.

Child Obesity Exercise

In order for a child to lose weight, a healthy diet must be combined with regular physical exercise. Once a child reaches a lower weight, exercise also helps maintain that weight. Thirty minutes of physical exercise each day will not only burn more calories but will lower the blood pressure and pulse. These are direct measures of cardiovascular fitness. Another benefit of exercise is a lowering of blood cholesterol levels. Those with diabetes will find their blood sugar levels easier to control when exercising.

Physical activity may include walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, aerobics, or a step aerobics program. Almost any activity that involves mild to moderate exertion is good. Those with physical disabilities or another health conditions may need to learn less conventional exercises.

Child Obesity Goal Setting

Goals for weight reduction must be set that are both personalized to the child and realistic. Each person may have a different reason for starting a weight management program. It may be to control high blood pressure, or it may be to look better and feel more energetic. Whatever the motivation, goals should be realistic and achievable. The maximum recommended amount of weight loss is 2 pounds per week. Therefore, it would not be wise to set the goal of losing 10 pounds per week.

Child Obesity Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat obesity in children:

Continue to Child Obesity Home Care

Last Updated: Jun 17, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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