Your Healthcare Provider
A child’s healthcare provider is the best health resource. Your provider can help assess your child’s risk for overweight or obesity. They can help to explain how a child is growing and, if need be, make recommended changes in eating or activity habits that can benefit the whole family. A registered dietitian is also uniquely qualified to help families recognize and change eating habits that could be contributing to excess weight gain in a child.
When speaking with your child’s health care provider, consider the following:
- Ask about your child’s blood pressure and whether it’s normal.
- Ask about additional tests (cholesterol, triglycerides, fasting glucose) to identify health risks that may be associated with your child’s weight.
- Create a plan for how your child’s growth and weight will be monitored and checked in the coming year.
- Ask your health care provider to refer additional support services, such as working with a dietitian for nutrition counseling, consulting a physical therapist if there are physical activity limitations, or other weight management services available in your area.