Childhood Obesity

If only my son would put away the video game and get off the couch …

If only my daughter would skip the chips …

Parents have a right to these worries, since one out of three children are considered overweight or obese. And no parent wants to see a child struggle with the short- and long-term problems of excessive weight gain, such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Bone and joint problems
  • Shortness of breath, which makes exercise, sports, or any physical activity even more difficult
  • Sleep problems
  • Liver and gall bladder disease
  • Depression

Some of the causes of weight problems in children seem obvious, such as inactivity, high-calorie diets and lack of balanced nutrition. But obesity can also be the result of genetics or an imbalance of hormones, which can lead to other growth disorders.

From pediatricians to nutritionists to specialists in disorders involving genes and glands, Mercy offers coordinated care that can target the causes of weight gain, then help your child manage his or her weight and learn to live a healthier lifestyle.

Want to learn more about child obesity and how to identify it in your child? Visit our interactive health tool for obesity causes and effects, warning signs, health risks, and tips for healthy eating habits.

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