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What precautions to take to reduce weight in obese child?

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Dear Doctor, My son is 10 years old with 5th standard study.Since 18 months tremendous weight increase recorded. Now he is 52 kgs. Please suggest me what kind of safety measures to implement to reduce his weight as per the standard health conditions. Thanks in advance !
Posted Sat, 21 Dec 2013 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar 2 hours later
Brief Answer: Childhood Obesity Detailed Answer: Hi, It appears that your son is obese by his age and weight. This is extermely important to address this issue at this level. It needs a community participation with parents, pediatrician and teacher to start with. It is found that 18.2 percent of kids between 2yr to 17yr are overweight or obese as per standards. Around 2 percent of urban Indian kids are obese, 8-10 percent of them are overweight, and the number of children being a victim of obesity is growing. Most of the time it is the junk food that has empty calories that is found to be culprit. Follow Grandmom food preparations at home, no outings and dinners. Cut down chocolate, burger, pizza, gol goppa, biscuits and anything made of flour and maida. Processed food would cost a lot to your child. Anything that is made of sugar and derivatives are going to affect the health of the child. Puffed rice, chikki etc which we used have as snacks are still the best ones. It is important for you to check your child with Pediatrician / Pediatric Endocrinologist for any medical conditions causing weight.
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Follow-up: What precautions to take to reduce weight in obese child? 14 hours later
Dear Sir, Thanks for the swift response with good advise. My family members are saying go for Thyroid test... is this any useful to comeout from this Child Obesity. Regards, XXXXX
Answered by Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar 29 hours later
Brief Answer: Thyroid is routinely ruled out Detailed Answer: Hi, Yes doctors evaluate obesity with initial set of tests which include Thyroid panel as well. So you may go ahead with the help of a Pediatric Endocrinologist. Thank you.
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