Childhood obesity is a growing concern in the United States and has both immediate and long term effects on health and well-being. Kidz1st Pediatrics recognizes the importance of a healthy weight for children and adolescents and work hard to develop a partnership with patients and their families to help obtain a healthy weight and body mass index (a measure of body fat based on height and weight).

Each time your child visits our office, we will measure his/her weight, height and calculate body mass index. This helps us identify if your child is within normal parameters, overweight or obese. Overweight is defined as having excess body weight for particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water or a combination of these factors. Obesity is defined as having excess body fat (Center for Disease Control, Childhood Obesity Facts, 2015).

If your child is overweight, we will see them for an office visit every 6 months. If your child is obese, we will see them for an office visit every 3 months. These visits will be used to check your child health and monitor for any obesity related health conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, sleep apnea, low self-esteem, etc. Your health care provider will talk to your child and help formulate a plan to make changes in order to keep their weight under control with ideas on how to eat healthier, become more physically active and reduce screen time.

Helpful websites linked for more information:

Choose My Plate - HealthyChildren.org - Sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics

Healthy Schools - Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Obesity Facts

Book recommendations & links:

The Portion Teller by Lisa L. Young  

Eat this, Not that by David Zinkczenko

Cook this, Not that by David Zinkczenko

Restaurant Survival by David Zinkczenko

Supermarket Survival by David Zinkczenko