Are you paying close attention to your child’s weight?
Dr. Leslie Heinberg, a psychologist at Cleveland Clinic’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, says if you’re unsure if your child is overweight, talk to your pediatrician.
“Moms just can’t eyeball their kids, look at them and know if they are average or if they are overweight and they really need to be having those kinds of conversations with their pediatrician,” says Dr. Heinberg.
All parents should be looking at their child’s growth chart, which is kept by their pediatrician. If your child’s weight is consistently high, it should be discussed.
“Clearly, when you’re thinking about toddlers, we should never be thinking about putting them on a diet,” says Dr. Heinberg. “We should never think about helping them lose weight, but we may want to help them slow down the weight gain over time, so that they can grow into their weight a bit better.”
For an interview with Dr. Heinberg, please contact Joe Milicia, firstname.lastname@example.org, 216.636.5873.