Weight Management for Children


Why is it important for my child to be at a healthy weight? Being overweight increases your child's risk of health problems. These health problems include type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. High levels of cholesterol may lead to heart disease later in life. Your child also has a higher risk of being overweight as an adult. Your school-age child may feel more stress and sadness because he is overweight.

What causes children to become overweight?

How can I help my child manage his weight?

How can I help my child follow a healthy meal plan?

What are some other ideas for feeding my child?

How can I help my child increase his physical activity?

What are other ways I can support my child as we make lifestyle changes?


You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's caregivers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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