What medical conditions might an overweight child have?

Daniel Kiershenbaum, PhD, explains some of the common medical conditions that an overweight child might have
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What medical conditions might an overweight child have?

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Any child that is overweight or obese requires some medical management. They are at greater risk than an average child for developing co-morbid conditions, cholesterol problems. A very common one is liver problems. People don't like to think about, but that liver is an important organ. If it's starting to look like the liver of an alcoholic, you want to know about that if they are ten or eleven years old, right away. It's a good thing to do for any overweight or obese child -- and the right kind of pediatrician or family physician is going to be able to check out these potentially serious co-morbidities. Really it's a risk factor. When someone is overweight or obese, it is greatly elevated for 100 different diseases. Medical professionals know that and can check that out for you.

Daniel Kiershenbaum, PhD, explains some of the common medical conditions that an overweight child might have

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Daniel S. Kirschenbaum, PhD

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Daniel S. Kirschenbaum, PhD, ABPP, is the President of Wellspring. He was Director of the Eating Disorders Program at Northwestern University Medical School, where he is Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Kirschenbaum is a Fellow and Diplomate in Clinical Health Psychology in the American Psychological Association and former president of its Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology. Dr. Kirschenbaum has provided invited addresses at many professional conferences world-wide, received numerous grants for research, and published 10 books and 150 journal articles on weight loss, sport psychology, and related topics. His books include: the first book published for professionals on the treatment of pediatric obesity - Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent ObesityWeight Loss Through PersistenceThe Sierras Weight Loss Solution for Teens and Kids (2007); and, The Wellspring Weight Loss Plan. Dr. Kirschenbaum’s research on sport psychology won the top prize for research on the mental game of golf from the World Scientific Congress on Golf (St. Andrews, Scotland) and Golf Magazine; in 2000, the American Council on Exercise and its Board of Directors unanimously endorsed his book, The 9 Truths About Weight Loss, as "the best book ever written for the public on how to lose weight and keep it off."

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