Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is one of the most serious challenges that pediatricians and their patients face in the 21st century.

At Cumberland Pediatrics it is a challenge we are prepared to meet. It may well be the most important battle you fight on behalf of your child. The statistics are clear, overweight and obese children have an increase rate of becoming obese adults which puts them at risk for, heart disease, type 2 diabetes (which used to be only seen in adults), hypertension, joint problems and sleep apnea.

Many researchers in the field of childhood obesity predict that this may be the first generation that will possibly be outlived by their parents.

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Obesity is defined as "an abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health, an intake of high caloric foods without an increase in physical activity". In layman's terms, eating too much junk food and spending too much time in the house on the computer, instead of outside exercising!

Closer to home, 40% of Georgia kids are obese and Georgia has the second highest childhood obesity rate in the country and is disproportionately higher in African American and Hispanic children.

Check with your insurance company. Almost every plan has a program to help your child lose weight and stay active.

Please visit the follwing websites for more information on nutrition and exercise.

Information on Childhood Obesity from Cumberland Pediatrics

Tips for Making Healthy Choices

Information on Childhood Obesity from Cumberland Pediatrics

Sample Meal Plans

Our sample meal plans are provided to give you ideas and options for helping child make healthier food choices.