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Overweight Children.

This is a surprising fact: more often than not, the parents don’t notice (or don’t want to notice) their child’s health-threatening obesity. Even when they bring their kids to our office, very few consider their children obese. “Yes” - the parents agree - “our child is slightly overweight; but it’s no big deal”. Often, their ‘slightly overweight’ child suffers from obesity - a disease that is hard to combat. The problem is the lack of any effective diet, especially for children. No diet offers lasting results. Furthermore, the faster the child loses those few pounds, the faster he or she rebounds and gains them back as well as puts on additional weight. If you come across an incredible diet that will immediately make your children lean, you should discard it without hesitation. The ‘miracle diets’ are useless, so don’t waste your time and money. Besides being ineffective, they could also be detrimental to your child’s health. During the period of growth, the child’s body needs balanced nutrition, which includes proteins, lipids and carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals that can only be found in a variety of foods. This gives the impression of a ‘Catch 22’ situation: on the one hand, some of these foods promote weight gain. On the other hand, their components are necessary for proper growth of the child’s body and development of internal organs, and lack of these components in the diet can serve as the cause for many diseases. Besides, unlike many adults, children do not have the capacity to turn away from their favorite foods and sweets. It is also known that, as a rule, overweight children are not very active and don’t participate in the usual sports, since their obesity interferes with development of good coordination skills and impairs their ability to adequately compete with others. This is another ‘Catch 22’, which makes the problem worse. Appetite suppressing medications are contraindicated for children. Furthermore, belts, hot packs and other site specific fat eliminating devices don’t work. There is only one time honored and well-proven method that works. It is a well balanced diet and adequately demanding physical exercise. These are specifically tailored to the child’s age. This thesis, which many are well familiar with, still warrants clarification. The first part, which is the development of a nutritional program for a growing child with consideration for the child’s particular habits, is an extremely complex task. Analysis of all the data and summation into proper recommendations can only be accomplished by a specialized computer program. The second part of the regimen are particular exercises and sport. Many parents think that sending their child to the gym is a ‘cure-all’ - the child will participate in sports and that will normalize the weight. Is that really so? To begin with, the child needs a medical evaluation to determine if he or she can safely lose the weight, what the most effective time frame is and what should be the method of choice. It is pivotal to determine what the safe, yet gainful level of physical exercise for the child is. This is due to the fact that low intensity exercises the employ only 20% of fat-burning ability, medium intensity - 50%, high intensity - 75%, and only very intense exercise brings 100% of fat burning. Only a doctor can determine which level of intensity is suitable for your child. In those cases where obesity is complicated by slouching, scoliosis, flat-footedness, foot malformations, stunted growth and cardiovascular or respiratory problems, corrections of physical development are incorporated into the weight loss program.

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