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What are the risks and management strategies for obesity?


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Published At April 2, 2024
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am deeply concerned about my daughter's health. She is 10 years old, weighs 102 pounds, and is struggling with obesity. I feel overwhelmed and worried about her well-being. She eats lots of junk food and never listens to me. I worry as she is bullied at school because of her appearance. Can you provide me with details about childhood obesity, potential health risks, and strategies to help manage and support my daughter in achieving a healthier lifestyle? I want to ensure I take the right steps to help her lead a happier and healthier life. Please help.

Thank you.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have read the query, and I can understand your concern.

I understand your concern for your daughter's health. Childhood obesity can lead to various health issues, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular problems, and psychological challenges. It is essential to approach this situation with sensitivity and support. The health risks of childhood obesity are:

  1. Type 2 Diabetes: Obesity increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in children.

  2. Cardiovascular Issues: High blood pressure and high cholesterol are common in obese children, increasing the risk of heart disease.

  3. Psychological Impact: Bullying and social stigma can contribute to low self-esteem and mental health issues.

Strategies to overcome health risks are:

  1. Healthy eating habits: Encourage balanced meals with fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Limit sugary drinks and processed foods.

  2. Physical activity: Promote regular physical activity that your daughter enjoys, whether sports, dancing, or other active hobbies.

  3. Family involvement: Make lifestyle changes within the family to provide a supportive environment. Family meals and activities can strengthen bonds.

  4. Limit screen time: Reduce sedentary behavior by limiting screen time and encouraging outdoor play.

  5. Professional guidance: Consult a pediatrician or a registered dietitian for personalized advice and guidance on nutrition and exercise.

  6. Positive reinforcement: Focus on positive aspects and achievements rather than emphasizing weight loss. Encourage a healthy body image.

Remember, gradual changes are more sustainable than drastic measures. Open communication and involving your daughter in decision-making can empower her to make healthier choices. If her struggles persist, seeking professional help is crucial for a comprehensive approach to her well-being.

I hope this will help you.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham
Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham


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