Health Tip: Obesity and Your Child

Nov. 4 -- (HealthDay News) -- If your child is at an unhealthy, or even dangerous weight, and weight-loss efforts at home aren't successful, you may want to try a professional weight-loss program.

The Cleveland Clinic offers the following recommendations when choosing a child's weight-loss program:

  • The program should employ an array of health professionals, including physicians, dietitians, psychiatrists and exercise physiologists.
  • Your child's overall health should be evaluated before any weight-loss program begins.
  • The program should include the entire family, rather than focusing only on the child.
  • Look for a program that is geared specifically for your child's age group and has different programs based on age.
  • Programs should focus on behavioral changes, teaching how to choose healthy foods in variety and portion size, and promoting physical activity.