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Is Your Kid Having The Right Weight?

Dr.R K Singh 88% (15ratings)
DNB
Pediatrician, Varanasi
Is Your Kid Having The Right Weight?

Your kid's weight should be a real matter of concern for you. In today's world, the number of obese and overweight children is increasing at an alarming rate. Gaining excess weight and being obese poses the risk of numerous health problems in children. The disorders are diabetes, heart diseases, asthma and many others. Obese children face a lot of problems in their social lives, are teased and neglected. This causes lack of self-confidence and self-esteem in obese children. They develop a negative body image and depression. However, by taking proper measures, your child can regain normalcy. Eating disorders may also occur in obese children, and they are also likely to develop substance abuse habits.

The major medical conditions that an obese child can face are:

  1. Type 2 diabetes
  2. Asthma
  3. High blood pressure
  4. High cholesterol
  5. Problems in bones and joints
  6. Sleep disorders
  7. Liver and gall bladder disorders
  8. Depression

Is your kid having the right weight?
The growth rate in children varies with time and stages. Hence, it is difficult to tell whether your kid is overweight. You should measure your child's BMI to find your answer. BMI or body mass index uses the height and weight measurements of a person to calculate the amount of body fat and is used for screening obesity problems. BMI is effective in general and provides accurate data. In some cases, it may be  imperfect. In case your kid has a high BMI for age measurement, other assessments are made to detect obesity. The assessments include skin thickness measurement, diet evaluation, physical activity and family history.


How to check obesity in your kid?
In order to rectify obesity, a lot of changes must be made in a child's regular habits and schedule.

  1. Food patterns: You should feed your child a wide range of fruits and  green, red, orange and yellow vegetables. Having a proper breakfast reduces chance of obesity and should not be avoided. Focus on healthy cereals and fruits. Other than reducing the intake of chocolates, desserts and fried junk food, food items containing hidden sugar should be avoided. Go for low sugar food items. The meal times of your child should be fixed, and this pattern should be followed. Also limit having outside food. Avoid foods, which contain trans fats. 
  2. Physical exercise: Your child should be involved in regular physical exercise or workout. Let them go out of home and exert themselves, as this would keep them fit and away from obesity. For obese children, exercise will burn calories and help in losing weight.

Your kid's weight should really concern you. You should avoid your kid getting obese and make him/her follow all necessary precautions. In case you suspect obesity in your kid, get the BMI measured.

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I have too much weight after delivery. I have a child with operation. How does I loose my weight?

Dr.Udaya Nath Sahoo 91% (2203ratings)
MBBS
Internal Medicine Specialist, Kendujhar
I have too much weight after delivery. I have a child with operation. How does I loose my weight?
Hello, Thanks for your query on Lybrate "As" per your clinical history is concerned please tale [ALLSLIM-120MG]after every meal and check your TSH level and follow lifestyle modifications like this - 1)Exercise regularly. You need to get 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity activity a week to prevent weight gain. Moderately intense physical activities include fast walking and swimming. 2)Follow a healthy eating plan. Focus on low-calorie, nutrient-dense foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Avoid saturated fat and limit sweets and alcohol. Eat three regular meals a day with limited snacking. You can still enjoy small amounts of high-fat, high-calorie foods as an infrequent treat. Just be sure to choose foods that promote a healthy weight and good health most of the time. 3)Know and avoid the food traps that cause you to eat. Identify situations that trigger out-of-control eating. Try keeping a journal and write down what you eat, how much you eat, when you eat, how you're feeling and how hungry you are. After a while, you should see patterns emerge. You can plan ahead and develop strategies for handling these types of situations and stay in control of your eating behaviors. 4)Monitor your weight regularly. Monitoring your weight can tell you whether your efforts are working and can help you detect small weight gains before they become big problems. Hope that helps
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My child is not gaining weight he is 2.5 years old and having only 7 kg weight please help.

Dr.Sajeev Kumar 89% (40307ratings)
C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
My child is not gaining weight he is 2.5 years old and having only 7 kg weight please help.
Your child has a failure to thrive and needs a check-up and treat hypothyroidism if present. He should not be bottle-fed and feed only with a cup and spoon.
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She is nt gaining weight. I am very thin as expected from 12th standard child weight should be. please help me how to gain weight.

Dr.Suraiya Tabassum 87% (89ratings)
MBA (Healthcare), Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (B.U.M.S)
Unani Specialist, Patna
She is nt gaining weight. I am very thin as expected from 12th standard child weight should be. please help me how to...
You are 17 years old girl and your body mass index is only 12.85. You r suffering from underweight. Your bmi should be 17- 23 and your ideal weight should be 49- 60kg. So please improve your weight and you should eat protein rich diet in your food like fish, meat, beans, seed, eggs, milk, cheese and chicken. You eat 4 to 5 time in day but in small amount which increase your appetite. You do exercise regularly in the morning.
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If child wight is not increasing than what we want to do please tell if a child 14 years old but only have 32 Weight what happens.

Dr.Pulak Mukherjee 92% (13112ratings)
BHMS
Homeopathy Doctor, Hooghly
If child wight is not increasing than what we want to do please tell if a child 14 years old but only have 32 Weight ...
Well first of all u need to check his thyroid level,,then tell him to do some jogging,, skipping,,give him protein supplement,,give him high protein diet,,give him lots of fruits,,green veggies,, almonds,,dates,, raisins,,give him banana with milk,,this will help to increase height
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How can I gain weight. I am loosing my weight day by day and becoming skinny and weak. Please help me.

Dr.Shikha's Nutrihealth 91% (1355ratings)
Nutrition - Management of Weight & Lifestyle Related Disorders
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
How can I gain weight. I am loosing my weight day by day and becoming skinny and weak. Please help me.
For weight gain, you have to be patient and practice it correctly. You should give your child every 2 hourly meal and fix his meal timing and include good amount of nuts and High Proteins Along With Calories Like Eggs, lean meat, fish, skinless chicken, pulses and dairy products that rich sources of proteins. Please give fruit shakes (Like banana, mango) + 5-6 almonds and 1-2 walnuts. You can include paneer/potato/dal stuffed chapati, dal khichdi, mashed paneer in any form in this diet.
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I am a feeding mother, and my weight is gaining day by day ,please help me how to decrease my weight as my child is 6 month old. Please suggest.

Dr.Mandakini 95% (1529ratings)
Bams
Ayurveda, Noida
I am a feeding mother, and my weight is gaining day by day ,please help me how to decrease my weight as my child is 6...
Eat regular meals, Instead of going for three big meals in a day, spread out your food through six meals in a day. Drink plenty of water, start Some exercises you could try are walking, jogging, swimming, aerobics, yoga and the like, take proper sleep, reduce tension, Try and bring up your dinner time to late evening instead of night.
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My daughter's (1.10 years old) weight is 10 kg. She is underweight. She is a active child. How to increase her weight?

Dt.Vishakha H. Dave 88% (12ratings)
P.G.Diploma in Applied Nutrition.
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Ahmedabad
My daughter's (1.10 years old) weight is 10 kg. She is underweight. She is a active child. How to increase her weight?
You should give therapeutic food for your little one. Give arf preparation for her meal. It's increase weight.
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I am so lean and I could gain weight. My age 20 but looking like school going child.

Dt.Amar Singh 93% (10815ratings)
B.Sc. - Dietitics / Nutrition, Nutrition Certification,Registered Dietitian
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
I am so lean and I could gain weight. My age 20 but looking like school going child.
To gain weight you should eat more calories than you burn. Plus not only you have to eat calorie dense food but you have to keep in mind that what you are eating is healthy too. In the process of weight gain you do not want to put weight in an uneven manner and look unhealthy rather than looking bright and healthy. 1. Start with changing your lifestly. Start working out if you are not active. The biggest myth that prevails now a days is that thin people do not need to work out. This is wrong. When you challenge your body, it is forced to grow. But this growth can only be possible if you are eating enough food to let the body absorb and grow in size and muscles. 2. Eat Healthy ��� Stop drinking and smoking too much if you are indulged in it. Limit your intake of junk food, pepsi, sugary stuff etc. Do not at all starve yourself. Make it a habit to eat something healthy every 3 hours. This means you have to eat 6 small meals in a day. Your Daily food intake should ideally consist of ��� a. Have plenty of nuts, dry fuits and seeds. Almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, figs, dates and raisins. They are full of healthy fats needed by a human body. B. Good amount of fruits and vegetables ��� Bananas, apples, pomegranate, green leafy vegetables. Fruits and vegetables helps in absorption of food in the body and together, completes your daily nutrition need. C. If you are a non- vegetarian - Eat eggs, chicken etc. D. Eat whole grains ��� Try to have multi grains spread throughout the day. Wheat, brown rice, oats, bajra, daliya etc should be taken in multiple meals in a day. E. Eat Sprouts ��� Chana and moong which are full of protein and nutrients. F. You can supplement your diet with good quality multi-vitamin capsules. If you are lacking in protein, you can buy a high quality whey protein and have it with banana shake twice a day. G. You can take natural food items like wheat grass which is full of essential nutrients which helps in weight gain. Try to be patient while you are on the process of weight gain. Results take time to show. Just follow the regimen of weight gain religiously and you will soon start seeing the results.
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How to gain my weight, because my weight is only just 42 but I am 25 years old, I am looking like a child, so I want to improve my weight and my personality. And also I want to increase my height. Please give good solution for my problem. Thank you.

Dt.Tamanna Narang 92% (5408ratings)
M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition (Delhi University)
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Panipat
How to gain my weight, because my weight is only just 42 but I am 25 years old, I am looking like a child, so I want ...
Weight gain is a complex process, it depends on various factors, not a single thing is going to work to gain weight, keep a check on your food intake, having a positive energy balance under the supervision of a diet expert helps you to gain weight in a healthy way. & to increase height your every meal should contain good protein sources such as low fat milk & milk products, soy products, sprouts.
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