September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

1 in 5 children in the United States is obese.

What is the Definition of Childhood Obesity?

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Childhood Obesity is defined by the Body Mass Index (BMI).

  • BMI in children is defined differently than for adults.  BMI in children uses weight and height but it is age and gender specific.
  • Adult BMI charts list a specific number, but the BMI for children is listed as a percent. Th percent indicates the child’s BMI in relation to the BMIs of other children of the same age and gender.
  • Calculate your child’s BMI by using the childhood BMI calculator

Children are:

  • A healthy weight if their BMI falls between the 5th and the 85th percentiles
  • Overweight if their BMI is between the 85th and 95th percentiles
  • Obese if their BMI is at or higher than the 95th percentile
  • Calculate your child’s BMI percentile by using the childhood BMI percentile chart

What are the Consequences of Childhood Obesity?

  • High blood pressure 
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes.
  • Asthma
  • Sleep apnea
  • Joint problems
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Gallstones
  • Acid reflux
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bullying

Obese Children are more likely to become Obese Adults. Addressing Childhood Obesity starts at Home.

Be a role model:

  • Eat fruits and vegetables at each meal and substitute fruits and vegetables as snacks
  • Eliminate all beverages from the home and drink only water and/or low-fat milk
  • Be active as a family

If you would like more information about gastrointestinal (GI) digestive disorders and nutrition in children, please contact Dr. Mona Dave’s Frisco Office or Request Appointment Here.