“Is my child overweight?”, “Is it just baby fat and if so will my child grow out of it?” These are some of the questions that are worrying parents more and more these days. So, just how bad has the childhood obesity problem gotten?
Astonishingly, pediatric obesity is now of epidemic proportions in the United States. Pediatric overweight and obesity now affects more than 30% of children, making it the most common chronic disease of childhood.
It isn’t only a cosmetic issue but also a health concern, associated with significant issues in childhood and in adulthood. Therefore, parents of overweight young children should not just ignore this issue, but should actively seek out help to determine why their child is overweight and what they can do to help resolve the situation.
This should be determined by a medical professional or certified nutritionist, as there are varying (and often confusing) terms and criteria, especially for children.
There are many factors, including but not limited to:
There are multiple medical conditions associated with obesity in childhood. The most common include:
While these typically do not cause many problems in childhood, some children will develop diabetes or severe liver disease, including cirrhosis.
Other problems that can occur include:
It is important to work with a professional healthcare provider to develop an individualized plan of care that includes realistic goals and action steps.
Total Nutrition Technology has a specific program designed for this exact need.
TNT Youth will help create healthy eating habits and lifestyles. This is done through:
“Treatment of pediatric obesity is a family affair and needs to be directed at the family, not just the child. This is extremely important since the home environment and family support are important factors when trying to address pediatric obesity. If the child is the only one making changes in their life, they are less likely to be successful and are then made to feel different. Likewise, parents who do not make healthier changes in their lives are likely to undermine the child’s attempts”, says William Cochran, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist & nutritionist and Director of the Pediatric Weight Management Program at Geisinger Clinic.
This is why it’s so important to make healthy lifestyle changes for the family as a whole. TNT has this covered with programs designed for every member of the family, such as TNT Moms (focusing on expectant and new moms), Weight Loss (engineered for adults wanting to reduce body fat while improving muscle tone) and TNT Silver (with the goal of not only helping to add “years to your life”, but more importantly, “life to your years”).
Clearly, childhood obesity is an issue that has become an immensely widespread problem that we can not ignore and will not resolve itself.
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TNT’s comprehensive approach addresses the entire individual and their needs. We start with an extensive interview, evaluation and assessment. This is followed by a custom-built nutrition plan and exercise guidelines ensuring it fits both their lifestyle and dietary objectives.
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