Dr. MJ Bazos MD, Patient Handout
Obesity and Children: Helping Your Child Lose Weight

If my child is heavy now, will he or she always have a weight problem?

Not all heavy children have weight problems as adults. However, as children get older, their risk for staying overweight goes up. The risk is even higher if one or both parents also are overweight. It's important to catch weight problems early.

Could my child's weight problem be caused by hormones?

Most overweight children don't have a hormone imbalance. Children with a hormone imbalance grow slower than other children. They often have other symptoms, too, like tiredness, constipation or dry skin. If your child has these symptoms, talk with your doctor.

How can I help my child lose weight?

The best way to lose weight is to eat healthier and to exercise more. As a parent, you can help your child do both. Talk to your doctor about the best ways for your child to lose weight. Be patient--it may take a long time. Don't limit how much food your child can eat--instead, offer food that is healthier. At the same time, don't focus too much on his or her weight. Make sure you praise your child for his or her strengths. This builds self-esteem.

How can I help my child to eat healthier?

How can I help my child exercise more?

Can medicine help my child lose weight?

No diet medicines are safe for children.