Obesity in children

by Dr. Kavitha Bhat

Junk food is typically calorie-dense and lacks essential nutrients. Excessive consumption can lead to weight gain with increased risk of diabetes, lipid problems , high blood pressure, obstructive sleep apnea, non alcoholic fatty liver disease , PCOS in girls.

Some tips to manage and prevent obesity:

Consult a Doctor: to rule out any underlying medical conditions.

  • Set Realistic Goals
  • Focus on Family Involvement
  • Promote Balanced Nutrition
  • Encourage regular meal and snack times , teach portion size
  • Limit Screen Time
  • Make Physical Activity Fun
  •  Limit Fast Food and Eating Out
  • Encourage Hydration

An active lifestyle and healthy eating as as follows:

  • Address Emotional Eating
  • Celebrate Progress
  • Seek Professional Support

Be Patient and Supportive:

Weight management takes time, and setbacks may occur. 

Recognised that every child is exceptional and there is no universal approach that suits everyone. The key is to create a sustainable plan that addresses the physical, emotional, and behavioural aspects of obesity treatment while fostering a positive relationship with food and physical activity.