If your child is overweight or at risk of becoming overweight, a thorough medical examination is important.
Your doctor will ask about:
Your doctor will look for physical or emotional reasons for your child's weight gain, including Prader-Willi syndrome, hypothyroidism, Cushing's syndrome (all of which are rare), or emotional causes such as depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.
The following tests may be done to help identify the cause and to look for possible complications of being overweight:
Your doctor will also ask if your child is taking medicines that may result in weight gain, including:
During a complete physical examination, your doctor will check your child's health and look for early signs of problems, including:
Your doctor may refer your child to a medical specialist or a registered dietitian.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsThomas M. Bailey, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Current as ofOctober 13, 2016
Current as of: October 13, 2016
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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