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Obesity in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is obesity?

Obesity means your child's body mass index (BMI) is at or above the 95th percentile. BMI is your child's weight divided by height. The percentile compares your child's BMI with the BMIs of children his or her age.

What are the risks of obesity?

How is obesity treated?

The goal of treatment is to decrease your child's BMI and decrease the risk for health problems. In some cases, your child's healthcare provider may suggest that the current weight is maintained. As your child grows in height, the BMI will decrease. Even a small decrease in BMI can reduce the risk for many health problems. Your child's provider will work with you and your child to set goals.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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What eating changes can our family make?

Healthy Foods

What activity changes can our family make?

What are other things I can do to help my child?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my child's doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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