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Childhood obesity has become a very common condition and can often lead to serious physical and emotional complications as the child grows up. If you are the parent, caregiver, or loved one of a child who is battling obesity, 100 Questions & Answers About Your Child’s Obesity can offer help. This book is an authoritative and user-friendly guide that will enhance your knowledge of this condition and answer your questions about causes, diagnosis, treatment ...
Childhood obesity has become a very common condition and can often lead to serious physical and emotional complications as the child grows up. If you are the parent, caregiver, or loved one of a child who is battling obesity, 100 Questions & Answers About Your Child’s Obesity can offer help. This book is an authoritative and user-friendly guide that will enhance your knowledge of this condition and answer your questions about causes, diagnosis, treatment options, and the prognosis for children with obesity. Written by a gastroenterologist/pharmacologist and a child psychiatrist, and with contributions from actual parents of overweight children, this book is an excellent resource of learning about how to live a healthier lifestyle and to cope with the medical, emotional, and everyday aspects of childhood obesity.
Part 1 Definitions and Measurements 1
Questions 1-10 define what a normal weight is and how to determine whether your child is obese:
What is the "normal" weight of a person? How is it determined?
If height matters, then how do you account for height in finding a normal or healthy weight?
I heard that waist circumference is important. What does it mean if my child has a large waist size?
Part 2 Demography/Epidemiology 15
Question 11 explains the statistics of obesity in Americans:
I have heard people say that there is an "epidemic" of obesity. What does that mean? How bad is the problem in the United States?
Part 3 Causes 19
Questions 12-22 review the numerous causes for your child's significant weight gain:
My husband and I, along with our parents, are heavy. Is this a hereditary or genetic problem?
If obesity is genetic, can anything be done about it?
We have heard that if our daughter is heavy as a baby, she will never escape being heavy. Is this true?
Part 4 Problems Caused by Excess Weight 35
Questions 23-27 explain how satiety affects how much we eat, as well as outline a number of serious health risks that can occur if your child is obese:
How is satiety controlled, and what do I have to do to make my son feel full and to suppress his appetite or cravings?
What is the satiety index?
What is so bad about being fat? What health problems can excess weight cause or worsen?
Part 5 In the Doctor's Office 43
Questions 28-37 offer advice on what to expect if you seek medical attention for your child's obesity:
When should we seek medical advice for our child's weight problem?
Our daughter's weight is aproblem. We are seeing die doctor next week. What will the doctor ask?
What will the physical examination and medical assessment look for?
Part 6 Prevention 53
Question 38 discusses why it is important to take preventative measures to avoid obesity as your child grows:|31 My child is at a healthy weight now but still needs to have preventive behavior against obesity. Why?
Part 7 Treatment 55
Questions 39-100 examine numerous treatment options available to children who suffer from obesity, along with the best ways to ensure your child's excess weight will stay off:
What is an overview of the treatments available to help our daughter achieve and maintain a healthy weight?
If our daughter is in the normal range, what should we do to keep her from getting heavy?
What is involved in die dietary assessment and how is it done? What do I need to know about my daughter's eating?
Appendix A Dietary Guidelines for Americans 139
Appendix B Height, Weight, and BMI Percentiles for Children 161