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Study Doctors Don't Always Diagnosis an Overweight Child- Online Children's BMI Calculator

Posted on Jan 26, 2009 by Maggie LaBarbera

I know this may seem surprising. Maybe even shocking to many of us, but according to a recent study published in Pediatrics Journal, doctors are not informing parents when their kids are overweight or obese.

Here is what the study found:

  • 10% of the kids who were overweight were diagnosed
  • 54% of the kids who were obese were diagnosed
  • 76% of the severely obese kids were diagnosed
This means doctors missed a huge opportunity with 90% of the kids who were overweight. A chance to talk with parents and child on healthy eating and their activity needs. We all know that the more weight you have to lose, the harder it is. What about the other kids who were obese? severely obese? How can the childhood obesity epidemic be addressed if the medical community is not identifying child-weight issues?

Sometimes, it is hard for a parent to objectively look at their child and see that they are overweight and need changes made in their lifestyle. We know this as parents and this has been confirmed by studies! How can we address the problem until we first recognize it.

What does this mean to us? If a BMI is not calculated for your child, please ask them to do it. When they do the calculation, ask them to review the results with you. Talk with them about your child's eating habits and activity habits. You must be proactive, your child's long term well-being is counting on it.

To read more about BMI, click here. You can also download our age appropriate pediatric sheet (at the bottom of page) to take to the doctor during your child's annual well check-up. These sheets are designed to provide you with key topics on how to keep your child healthy.




Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 @ 10:58 PM

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Hi Maggie, Great blog! I love the site too and we need lots of help changing our youths eating habits. Yes, BMI in kids gets overlooked. So often parents will tell me thier child's percentiles but they don't know what this really means and BMI is just skipped over completely. On another note, if you like my site, please mention it if you like. We provide: Easily accessible articles and handouts that can be utilized by parents, teachers, dietitians, physicians, nurses, educators and any one else looking to provide the tools that help to raise a healthy family -Kids’ science, math, reading and physical fitness activities with the Super CrewTM which support the good nutrition message. -Children’s book review corner listing kid-friendly books reviewed and approved by our team of experts. -Monthly nutrition tips and interviews with nutrition experts to help feed healthy tips to family, parents and healthcare professionals. -Nutrition curriculum for teachers and educators to incorporate into the classroom and wellness initiatives. Healthy Regards, Melissa Halas-Liang, MA RD CDE CNSD
Friday, Mar 13, 2009 @ 08:51 PM

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great write up! Thanks :)
Vince Delmonte
Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 @ 03:14 AM

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This is quite a up-to-date info. I'll share it on Delicious.

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