Childhood Obesity Health Center

Overweight children are not gluttonous or lazy. Many studies have shown that obese children do not eat more calories than their peers. It seems unfair, but obese children often need less food and more activity than their peers.

Understanding the causes of childhood obesity and the ways in which it can be treated will help you help your child feel better about themselves and their future health.

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Hunger and Boredom

My 3-year-old says she’s hungry all the time. She wants to eat every five minutes–even after a meal. Should I just let her munch on healthful snacks at will, or refuse her food outside of snacks and meals? Her eating habits concern me because both her father and I are obese and I want to pass on healthy attitudes about food. She is in the 90th percentile for height, 95th percentile for weight and in the 95th percentile for body mass index (BMI). Sometimes I wonder if it is hunger or boredom.

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