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Pediatrics Common Questions, Quick Answers

Obesity in Children

Donna D'Alessandro, M.D.
Lindsay Huth, B.A.
Peer Review Status: Internally Reviewed
Creation Date: March 2002
Last Revision Date: April 2002

Common Questions, Quick Answers

What is obesity?

What causes it?

What problems can it cause?

How can I tell if my child is obese?

How is it treated?
Changes in diet, exercise, and lifestyle can help. Praise your child for each small success.


These changes may be hard for children. If they resist, don't force them or scold them. Encourage them and join in! All of these changes work best if the whole family takes part. Children are more likely to adapt to the changes if the rest of the family does, too. Each little change is a small step toward success.

How long does it last?

Can it be prevented?

When should I call the doctor?

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