Pediatricians & Pediatric Urgent Care located in Panama City Beach, FL & Panama City, FL
Around 13.7 million children and adolescents aged 2-19 in the United States are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Pediatrician Ahmed Abo Baker Mohamed, MD, FAAP, and the medical professionals of Future Pediatrics provide successful treatment methods and personalized weight management programs for obese children in Panama City and Panama City Beach, Florida. Obesity presents heightened health risks, but with the right medical care and support, your child can achieve a healthy weight and lower their risks. Call Future Pediatrics or book online today.
What is childhood obesity?
The term childhood obesity refers to children who are significantly above the normal weight for their height and age. Obesity is considered a medical condition that presents several health risks.
Childhood obesity is especially concerning because the extra pounds often cause health problems in children that were once considered mainly adult conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol.
Obese children also often become obese adults, particularly if one or both parents are obese. Childhood obesity can also lead to depression and poor self-esteem.
Not all children with extra pounds are overweight or obese and some just have larger than average body frames. It’s also important to remember that children normally carry different amounts of body fat at various stages of growth and development.
Future Pediatrics can conduct a comprehensive evaluation to assess your child’s health and weight.
When should I see a doctor about my child’s weight?
If you have concerns about your child’s weight or general health, visit Future Pediatrics for an evaluation.
The Future Pediatrics team considers where your child lands on the standard growth charts, your family’s weight-for-height history, your child’s personal history of growth and development, and other factors.
The team then determines if your child’s weight is in an unhealthy range and develops a recommended treatment plan.
How is childhood obesity treated?
To treat your child’s obesity, the team creates a personalized weight management plan. Professional weight management can help your child to lose weight and restore their path to overall good health.
A weight management plan typically involves regularly scheduled visits with the Future Pediatrics team, who have extensive experience in weight management and can effectively manage your child’s weight loss journey.
Future Pediatrics provides valuable treatment methods and weight loss services, such as:
- Frequent one-on-one sessions
- Regular body measurement and weight analysis
- Medications when necessary
- Lifestyle change recommendations
- Vitamins and supplements
- Behavioral therapy and behavior modifications
- Patient education and family support
Future Pediatrics encourages the limited use of high quality, effective and safe medications when necessary, the consistent consumption of real natural whole foods, and the implementation of a healthier lifestyle, including stress management and regular exercise.
Specific screenings and testing can help the Future Pediatrics team to check for disorders or diseases that might have caused or occurred as a result of your child’s increased weight.
The team helps you to understand the fundamental needs of your child’s body and manages your child’s weight in ways that are healthy, sustainable, and practical.
If your child is struggling with their weight, call Future Pediatrics for compassionate medical support or simply click to book online.