Did you know that in the past 30 years, the number of overweight children in the U.S. has tripled? Alarmingly, it is now estimated that 1 in 5 children is overweight (18.5%). With these numbers, it’s no surprise that childhood obesity is something we encounter a lot here at Westchester Health. However, we firmly believe (and we’ve seen results proving this theory) that with a concerted effort from many people in a child’s life, overweight kids can achieve a healthier lifestyle and reduce their weight. To shed important light on the subject, Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, has written a great blog which we excerpt here.
Here at Westchester Health, every week we see young patients who are overweight and obese, and parents who are anxious and worried. In fact, childhood obesity is one of the most common problems seen by pediatricians. Can it be reversed? Yes, overweight children can change and commit to a healthier lifestyle but it takes a coordinated effort from patients, their parents and their pediatrician. To help navigate this very important issue, we offer a recent blog by Nicholas Germanakos, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.