My child is overweight

My child is overweight and I’m not sure where to go. Should I take him to the pediatrician or should we go see a specialist?

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responded with submitted 2016-06-27 18:21:03 -0400
commented 2016-06-20 07:18:23 -0400 · Flag
Anyway good luck!
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commented 2014-10-01 12:10:55 -0400 · Flag
Then start making some changes at home. And the first one is stop feeding your child Prepackaged foods in favor of less expensive And easy homemade foods. See:
www.lovemorefeedless.com for help assistance and support! Sure prepackaged seems easy and cheap—but it is easy and cheap food and filled with weight inducing Chemicals and Ingredients—-yet when you make the same at home you do usually get more for less and can freeze much of the excess for another meal. And Healthful homemade treats with healthful ingredients including fruits and/or veggies are also much more healthful than prepackaged sugar and chemicals!
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commented 2014-02-03 15:37:39 -0500 · Flag
As a first-line step, it is a good idea to go to your child’s primary care provider. Having an open conversation with the provider who knows your child and family best is certainly beneficial. They can determine your child’s level of overweight and may make recommendations that could help your child reach a healthy weight or body mass index (BMI) and learn to practice healthier lifestyle habits before going to a specialist. If it is determined that your child should see a specialist, following are available options and all can be accessed by a referral from your child’s physician:
1. Some doctors may work closely with dieticians in the area who have experience in helping families eat healthy and have a certified pediatric weight management certification.
2. Personal trainers at local gyms may be an option if it has been determined that activity is one of your child or family’s greatest challenges. It is important that trainers have experience in working with children and, ideally, have a certification for training children and adolescents safely and effectively.
3. Child psychologists are a great asset to physicians as there are many challenges in dealing with weight-related issues with children such as binge or mindless eating, distorted body image, low self-esteem, bullying and depression. They are a great supplement to any physician and can certainly detect any early signs of eating disorders as well.
4. If your child is showing signs of early diabetes or difficulty controlling blood sugar due to a weight-related issue, it may be time to see an endocrinologist, a physician who specializes in hormones in the body and how these work together for a healthy body and metabolism.
5. There are also obesity medicine specialists whose expertise is in child and adolescent weight management. These specialists are physicians who have received special training to deal not only with weight in the pediatric population but also weight-related issues such as high blood fats (cholesterol) or prediabetes. They may work closely with other physicians such as endocrinologists, cardiologists, gastroenterologists and sleep doctors.
6. Lastly, there may be a complete weight management program in your area that includes all of the above experts under one roof. The team usually is comprised of physicians, psychologists, exercise specialists and dieticians with an expertise in child and adolescent weight management. This multidisciplinary team provides complete care and may even include the options of teen bariatric surgery.
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