RadioMD: Healthy Children

Preventing & Stopping Childhood Obesity

July 1, 20159 min
Childhood obesity is a national health epidemic and doctors are calling for an emergency.According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), obesity leads to shorter life spans, lower quality of life, and many numerous chronic medical problems, many of which now even begin during childhood.Now, experts fear that the current generation of children might live shorter lives than their parents due to the long-term effects of obesity.What's a BMI and what are the normal levels for children?BMI stands for Body Mass Index that is based off of your child's weight and height.The AAP shares that if a child's BMI is at or above the 85th percentile falls under the overweight category. This is a risk factor for obesity and other future medical problems.What if your child is already overweight, how can you help prevent more weight gain and the risk of obesity?Cori Cross, MD joins Melanie Cole, MS to discuss the childhood obesity crisis and how you can prevent and stop obesity in your child.

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