Childhood obesity is not just a problem of overeating, but is often a chronic condition with complex causes. Obesity can affect a child's health and life span and is associated with many medical conditions which may include high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels, heart disease and diabetes. (See below for a complete list of co-morbidities.) A combination of diet and exercise, reinforced by behavior modification, results in the greatest success in achieving short-term and long-term weight loss. Patients and families that fully engage in the program have realized improvements in their body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, resting heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, fasting insulin, liver enzymes and hemoglobin A1C.
The following co-morbidities and complications are commonly associated with obesity in pediatric patients and will be addressed in the program if identified in your patient (click links for additional information):