Child Obesity

The best evaluation of child obesity is the child’s doctor taking height and weight to calculate the BMI or body mass index, comparing this value to standard values. When evaluating a child’s weight, it is important to consider the child’s self-image perception as this can have a significant impact on the child’s capacity for managing an over-weight condition. Children become over-weight for a number of reasons. The most common causes are genetic factors, lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating patterns, or a combination of these factors.

Children whose parents, brothers or sisters are overweight may be at increased risk of becoming overweight. A child’s diet and activity level are important influences in determining a child’s overall health and weight. Additional influences are hours in front of any form of electronic screen which limits physical activity. At FCHS, we support programs which counteract the problems and propensities of childhood obesity. Learn more about them at www.foundation-chs.org. (source – webMD)