One of the most common – and most serious – issue facing children today is obesity. Studies show about one in three kids and teens is overweight or obese. The childhood obesity rate has tripled since 1971. In fact, obesity is causing now health problems formerly thought of as adult issues in children and teens, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and type 2 diabetes. Obesity also is a catalyst for depression and low self-esteem in children and teens.
Often, parents and other adults surrounding an overweight child can’t see the extra weight, and it requires a medical professional to bring it to a family’s attention. The medical staff at Alzein Pediatric Group want your child to thrive both physically and emotionally, without shame or anxiety over food choices.
We will help guide your child and your family to a healthy eating plan, full of fresh vegetables and fruits, lean proteins like chicken, fish, beans and legumes, and the proper fats necessary for brain development like avocado, nuts and olive oil. We’ll talk about avoiding processed foods and increasing physical activity. Recognizing a weight issue and intervening with education about these small life changes early can help your child – and family – avoid a lifetime of weight loss struggles and life-changing health challenges.
Call our offices at 708-424-7600 to make an appointment for a weight management consultation to put your child on the path to a healthy future.