Focus less on weight and more on healthy eating and exercise
Chubby cheeks are adorably pinch-worthy on babies. But when chubby babies become overweight kids and adolescents, they may be at risk for a lifetime of weight and health challenges.
“Kids who struggle with their weight in childhood are more at risk for all of the chronic medical conditions that overweight adults are prone to – like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke,” says nurse practitioner Jennifer Brubaker, PhD, FNP-BC. She’s part of the multidisciplinary team in the Cleveland Clinic’s BeWell Kids Clinic for children with obesity and associated issues.
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