Weight Management Specialist

Pediatrics of Southwest Houston

Pediatricians located in Houston, Bellaire, TX

Weight can be a sensitive area, especially when it comes to children's health. However, if a child is over or underweight, it can have serious consequences for their long-term health and development. The pediatricians at Pediatrics of Southwest Houston in Houston, Texas, offer weight management services. Children and their parents receive guidance on healthy eating, exercise, and lifestyle changes with full support from their pediatrician. Call to find out more, or schedule your weight management consultation online.

Weight Management Q & A

How do I know if my child needs weight management support?

Losing and gaining weight is a natural part of childhood as your child grows and develops. However, sometimes, a child's weight gain or loss falls outside of an expected range, and that's when a weight management program may help. Your pediatrician uses your child's information to calculate their body mass index (BMI). 

The BMI is a standard formula that uses height and weight to determine a measurement and then compares that measurement to other people who are the same age and sex to create a range that determines whether you're underweight, a healthy weight, overweight, or obese. The ranges are:

  • BMI between under the fifth percentile — underweight
  • BMI between fifth and 84th percentiles — healthy weight
  • BMI between 85th and 94th percentiles — overweight
  • BMI 95th percentile or above — obesity
  • BMI 99th percentile or higher — severe obesity

These numbers show that if your child is in the 60th percentile, it means that compared with other children of the same sex and age, 60% have a lower BMI. These numbers aren't taken alone, and your pediatrician also considers factors like lifestyle, diet, health history, and activity level.

Why is weight management for children important?

A child who is underweight or overweight can go on to develop severe, even life-endangering health problems. The health concerns differ depending on the weight issue, but may include:

  • Pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Sleep apnea
  • Shortness of breath with activity
  • Heartburn/Reflux
  • Malnutrition
  • Osteoporosis
  • Growth and development problems

Early intervention and preventive action can reduce the risk of your child developing these weight-related conditions.

What does a weight management program involve?

A weight management program aims to get your child to a healthy weight and maintain it. Your pediatrician creates an individualized weight management program based on your child's health history. Their program typically includes a healthy diet, exercise, and medication. 

Your pediatrician works with you and your child to find the optimal weight management tools and adjusts the program as your child gets closer to their goal weight.

With support from your pediatrician at Pediatrics of Southwest Houston, your child can take control over their weight and improve their quality of life. Call the practice today, or book an appointment online.

*We accept medicaid. Pediatricians are affiliated with Memorial Hermann.