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Raising Fit Kids: Healthy Nurtition, Exercise, and Weight

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Working With Your Pediatrician

If your child's pediatrician hasn't talked with you about your toddler's weight, it's a good idea to ask. You could say: "Is my child an appropriate weight for her height and age?"

Ask your pediatrician to track your child's BMI and to let you know if there are signs of a troublesome trend, such as excessive weight gain compared to your child's increase in height.

When does a toddler's weight become a problem? A child who is older than 1 1/2 years and still chubby may raise concern, says Joseph A. Zenel, Jr., MD, director of the Pediatric Residency Program in the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota in Sioux Falls, S.D.

That's because obesity can be triggered during early stages of development, such as:

  • The first year of life
  • From preschool to school age
  • During adolescence

It turns out rapid weight gains without growth in height, even in low-weight kids as young as 2, can set children up for a risk of prediabetes or diabetes as young adults.

That's why now is a good time to help your toddler develop healthy lifestyle habits. Your child's toddler years are when you have the most control over what he eats and how often he is physically active. Set a foundation that will help your child grow at a healthy rate.

 

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