Obesity Specialist

Seashore Pediatrics

Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine located in Wall Township, NJ

More than 12 million children in the United States fall into the obese category, which means that one out of every six children is dangerously overweight. As awareness efforts abound, childhood obesity is slowly declining, but there’s still a lot of work to be done. Catherine Meli, MD and Naheed Rahmet, MD of Seashore Pediatrics are answering the call by helping parents in Wall Township, New Jersey control body weight through guided diet and nutrition plans. To fight back against childhood obesity, call or fill out the online form to request an appointment.

Obesity Q & A

What constitutes obesity?

Once your child reaches the age of two, the doctors at Seashore Pediatrics typically use the body mass index (BMI) to calculate body fat (during their infant years, the doctor uses a length and weight calculation to monitor fat levels). The BMI calculator is a basic tool that measures body fat based on your child’s height, weight, and sex to come up with a number, which falls into one of the following:

  • Under 18.5: underweight
  • 18.5-24.9: normal weight
  • 25-29.9: overweight
  • Over 30: obese

While every child is different and may have different bone densities, musculature, and body shapes that affect these calculations, the BMI is a good place to start when determining whether your child falls within normal body fat ranges.

Why is obesity dangerous?

Obesity is incredibly dangerous for both adults and children. While you may be familiar with the risks as an adult, there are other considerations and complications when it comes to obesity in children, such as:

  • Health in forming joints
  • Bone health
  • Respiratory health, especially for kids with asthma
  • Early maturing
  • Sleep issues

On top of these physical problems, obese kids often suffer from self-esteem issues during their all-important pre-teen and teenage years. This lack of confidence can lead to mental disorders like anxiety or depression.

In addition to these considerations, obese kids are at risk of some of the same complications in adults, which includes diabetes and liver and gallbladder disease.

When it comes to your child’s cardiovascular health, you can ensure a healthier adulthood by sending them into it within normal weight ranges.

How can obesity be managed?

At Seashore Pediatrics, the doctors make every effort to keep your child safe and healthy until they reach adulthood. When it comes to obesity, the doctors are armed with a number of tools to help your child lose weight and avoid the serious health complications that often come with obesity. These tools include:

  • Specialized diets
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Lifestyle recommendations
  • Exercise recommendations
  • Diabetes management, if necessary

The key to tackling obesity is to approach it from every angle, which largely means through nutrition and exercise. The doctors play a key role in your efforts, guiding you along the way and recording progress. They also make tweaks wherever necessary to ensure your child’s health.

To get started on reversing your child’s obesity, call Seashore Pediatrics or fill out the online form to book an appointment.