Childhood Obesity

Childhood Obesity

Childhood Obesity services offered in-home, in-facility, and through telemedicine throughout New Jersey.

Childhood obesity is a serious health issue in the United States, affecting nearly 20% of children and teens. Serving patients in Montclair, New Jersey, through their telehealth platform, Blair Beltzer, MD, and the expert providers at Ignite One specialize in treating childhood obesity. They develop plans to help families create a lifestyle that improves health for them and their children. To learn more about treatment for childhood obesity, call the practice or schedule a consultation online today.

Childhood Obesity Q & A

What is childhood obesity?

Childhood obesity is a complex disease defined as body mass index (BMI) that falls at or above the 95th percentile on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s growth chart.

Many factors affect a child’s weight, including genetics, age, and health history. However, most childhood obesity is the result of unhealthy behaviors children learn from their parents or caregivers. This includes poor eating habits and a lack of physical activity. 

What are some concerns about childhood obesity?

Childhood obesity increases a child’s risk of developing health problems now and as an adult. Children who struggle with their weight are more likely to develop health issues like asthma, Type 2 diabetes, and sleep apnea.

Childhood obesity may also affect a child’s social and emotional well-being. Children who carry extra weight are at greater risk of being bullied. They may also withdraw from social situations because of the bullying, leading to a decline in their self-esteem. 

When should I schedule a childhood obesity assessment?

If you have concerns about your child’s weight, then you should schedule a childhood obesity assessment at Ignite One. The holistic medicine practice takes a whole-person, integrative approach, evaluating your child’s physical, emotional, and social well-being.

They review your child’s weight and health history, ask about their usual diet and exercise habits, and the goals of both you and your child. Your provider at Ignite One also asks about the family’s eating and activity habits.

What are the treatments for childhood obesity?

Treatment for childhood obesity is a team effort that includes the wellness specialists at Ignite One, your child, the family, and your support system. Your child’s weight struggles are part of a deeper issue involving behaviors they learn from those around them.

Ignite One provides all the support and tools you need to help your child and family. Treatment may include:

  • Nutrition therapy
  • A youth fitness plan
  • Behavioral health
  • Recreational therapy

Weight loss isn’t the goal of childhood obesity treatment. The goal is to help you create a lifestyle that leads to a healthier weight and life for your child.

Ignite One creates personalized plans designed to suit your needs. They have health coaches and behavioral health specialists on staff so you can get all the care necessary at one clinic.

To learn more about childhood obesity treatments at Ignite One, call the practice or schedule a consultation online today.