Having a child who is overweight or obese is worrying, but as a parent, it’s not always clear how best to help your child lose the excess weight safely. Madhu Mathur, MD, MPH, of Lifestyle Medicine Center in Stamford, Connecticut, is a highly-qualified pediatrician and expert in childhood obesity who has many years of experience in helping children using medical weight loss programs. For a safe, effective, and sustainable route to healthy weight loss for your child, call Lifestyle Medicine Center today, or book an appointment online.
Medical weight loss is a program designed to help your child achieve a healthy weight by making lifestyle changes under expert medical supervision. Medical weight loss programs at Lifestyle Medicine Center involve support from a professional team that includes a dietician and a lifestyle counselor as well as Dr. Mathur, who is an expert on obesity in children.
Managing a child’s calorie intake can be a challenge because of what’s called weight velocity. Unlike adults, children are still growing, so their calorie requirement isn’t as fixed. Often, children can grow into excess weight as they get older, so weight management then becomes a case of maintenance – preventing them from gaining any more weight while their body grows into their current weight.
Understanding these factors, as well as the importance of lifestyle, nutrition, genetics, metabolism, and other influences, make it difficult for parents to know how best to help their child with a weight problem. Medical weight loss relieves you of the burden of trying to figure it all out for yourself, so you can concentrate on loving and supporting your child.
At Lifestyle Medicine Center, Dr. Mathur and her team achieve a very high success rate: 80-90% of patients lose weight, and 90% of the metabolic parameters improve.
Medical weight loss programs for adults often involve the use of medications such as appetite suppressants or fat binding supplements.
While these may have a role in helping obese adults who are struggling with weight loss, it’s better to manage children without these types of medication, which can have unpleasant side effects and generally don’t have FDA approval for use in children.
Dr. Mathur’s philosophy is that weight problems in children have better outcomes when the whole family gets involved in making positive, healthy lifestyle changes. Only by moving to healthier habits does the family have the means to remain healthy and help the child avoid regaining weight in the future. Dr. Mathur also encourages families to help each other, for example, by a member of the family acting as a buddy to support the child through their weight loss journey.
Dr. Mathur’s team at Lifestyle Medicine Center uses motivational interviewing and scientific tools like metabolic testing and body composition analysis to prescribe the right diet and exercise plans for your child, as well as looking at emotional reasons for poor eating habits and other influences.
By getting to the underlying causes of why your child is overweight, the team can create the most effective treatment program and lay the foundations for lifelong healthy living. To find out more about medical weight loss for your child, call Lifestyle Medicine Center today, or book an appointment online.