Children who eat poorly are more likely to develop certain
long-term health problems and complications, including:
Complications of being overweight include liver problems,
problems with hip development (slipped capital femoral epiphysis) or
bone growth in the legs,
gallstones, early puberty, and
polycystic ovary syndrome.footnote 1
child's doctor regularly screens for signs of these health problems. If your
child needs treatment, work with your child's doctor to ensure that your child
is getting the best medical care possible, both at home and at medical
checkups. Keep your child's relationship with food separate from his or her
medical condition. And guide your child's eating with healthy food choices.
Avoid putting your child on a weight-gain or weight-loss diet.
CitationsGahagan S (2011). Overweight and obesity. In RM Kliegman et al., eds., Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 19th ed., pp. 179-188. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Current as ofMay 4, 2017
Current as of:
May 4, 2017
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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