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Overweight Kid

Overweight Kid: 5 Questions to Ask Your Pediatrician

Your child’s pediatrician is a great source of information if you have an overweight kid. Your doctor can help you determine if, in fact, your child is overweight. And, your doctor is an excellent source of tips and info to improve your child’s health and lifestyle.

Parents do not always know when their child is overweight. The younger the child, the greater the chance that your child is overweight and you don’t know it. You may just consider his or her chubby tummy and thighs as baby fat.

Most kids start to lose their baby fat by the time they reach five years of age. But some kids retain some of that baby fat and add even more due to poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle. This leads to overweight kids.

Overweight kids are prone to weight-related medical issues like diabetes high blood pressure. Even if they don’t have medical issues, they are susceptible to body shaming by everyone around them.

Your pediatrician can be an excellent source of information for you. He or she can determine whether the child is overweight. They are also prepared to help you with tips about how to focus your child’s food intake and activity levels.

What to Ask Your Pediatrician About an Overweight Kid

Before the doctor can answer any of your questions, he/she must evaluate specifics about your child. These specifics come from a BMI analysis and answers you provide.

Starter Considerations by Your Pediatrician

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that a doctor measure a child’s Body Mass Index (BMI) starting when a child is two years of age. The BMI is a number calculated based on the child’s height and weight. The BMI, combined with the child’s age and sex can help the doctor determine if the child’s weight status (underweight, normal, overweight and obese.)

Your doctor will ask you about family weight issues. Your child’s weight is often a function of genetics; or, it could be signal of family-wide unhealthy eating habits and minimal exercise. Unhealthy family eating can make it common for overweight children to have one or two overweight parents.

Your child’s eating habits will be the next inquiry by your pediatrician. He/she can give you tips on what your child should eat, portion sizes and best frequency for eating meals and snacks.

Activity levels and exercise habits will provide a perspective on your how your child uses the foods he/she eats. Your doctor can provide ideas on how to get your child moving.

Questions to Ask Your Pediatrician

  1. Is his/her weight in the healthy range for his/her height sex and age?
  2. How can I help my child develop healthy eating habits without body shaming him/her?
  3. What are good snacks for my child?
  4. How often should I check my child’s weight?
  5. Will puberty cause a change in his/her weight?

One last thought: If you have an overweight kid is it critical that you find a pediatrician who is size-friendly and will not shame your child about their weight or put your child on a rigorous diet.

Size-Friendly Doctor and Nurse

How to Find a Size-Friendly Doctor or Health Professional

Finding a size-friendly doctor or health professional can be a daunting task when you are a larger person or it you have a large child. For many doctors, their answer to all medical issues is “You need to lose weight.” Whether you are new in town, looking for a new doctor or in need of a specialist, one of the best ways to find a size-friendly medical professional is through the recommendation of another plus size person.

Finding a Size-Friendly Doctor or Health Professional

Stef Jones, an online advocate and resource compiler for plus size individuals, has compiled a list of doctors and health professionals who plus size people have found to be size-friendly. You can search the list by state. Suggestions are also available for Canadian doctors and other health professionals.

5 Tips to Improve Your Doctor Appointment

Having a successful medical appointment starts with finding the right doctor; but, it also requires some actions on your part. For example:

    1. Ask Questions Before Your Appointment – If you know you have a special need, be sure to ask questions when you make your appointment. For example, ask if they have a large blood pressure cuff. They will have a large cuff if they regularly provide medical services to larger people.
    2. Come Prepared – Bring a list of all your medications to your first appointment…even the herbal supplements and vitamins that you take regularly.
    3. Communicate Clearly – Be ready to clearly express your medical issues and needs. The more specific you are, the greater the opportunity for the doctor to address your medical problem.
    4. Keep a Positive Attitude – Don’t become negative if your doctor or the doctor’s staff say something that upsets you. Ask for more details. Don’t give up. Keep the conversation positive.
    5. Ask Questions – Your #1 job at a medical appointment is to come away from the appointment with an understanding of your medical wellness and what you need to do to improve that wellness. If anything is confusing, ask for an explanation. Keep asking questions.

Finding the best doctor for you, and building a history with that doctor, is key for your health care. If you become unsatisfied with your doctor or your care, be sure to tell your doctor. If the doctor cannot address your concerns you should switch doctors. You need to be 100% satisfied with your doctor. Your health is worth it.

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Plus Size Health: 4 Medicine Cabinet Must Haves

Need help to manage your everyday plus size health issues? Sometimes all it takes is a tip to avoid chaffing and yeast infections or a handy tool to make it easier to care for hard-to-reach areas.

Must Haves for Plus Size Health

Plus size bodies often have special problems. Thighs that rub together can chafe. Stiffness can make it difficult to reach your feet to apply lotion or clip your toenails. But, a product or tool from your medicine chest can make your health care jobs a lot easier. Here are a few things to help:

  • Chafing – Constant rubbing can create chafing. Avoid chafing on thighs when walking in warm weather by covering the surface area with petroleum jelly. Vaseline or a store brand both work great to stop the friction that causes the chafing.
  • Fungal infections – Heat and moisture can cause fungal or yeast infections wherever skin touches skin. Common areas are under breasts, between toes or in the crotch area. Talc may feel good; but, the cornstarch just feeds the fungus or yeast. Instead, use an antifungal (yeast-fighting) powder such as Tinactin. The powder version is cooling and absorbent; and, it does not contain talc or cornstarch.
  • Applying lotion – Try a long-handled lotion applicator to get lotion or creams onto hard-to-reach places. Some applicators have a tube in the handle to hold the lotion. Others are like a sponge on the end of a long stick. Either one is easier than trying to find someone to help you reach those special places.
  • Cutting toenails – Reaching those toes can be tough enough; but, having to reach them AND cut wayward toenails can be very difficult! Make the job easier with long-handled nail clippers.

Don’t struggle with everyday plus size health activities like applying lotion, cutting toenails or taking your blood pressure. Stay on the lookout for the many medical products available online or in your local retail stores.

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