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    Overweight Child: Evaluating Nutrition and Activity Patterns

    Overweight Child: Evaluating Nutrition and Activity Patterns

    Topic Overview

    When a doctor asks questions about your child's eating and activity habits, the information helps identify patterns that may lead to extra weight.

    Nutrition history

    You may be asked:

    • To describe your family's meals and snacks during a typical day.
    • What your child eats at school.
    • Who is responsible for meals. Is it the parent, a relative, or another caregiver?
    • How often a child or teen eats away from home, such as at school, in restaurants, or at friends' homes.

    Physical activity

    You may be asked whether your child:

    • Takes part in physical activities at school or after school.
    • Rides or walks to school.
    • Plays actively with friends.
    • Participates in organized sports.
    • Helps with yard work or housework or has other chores.
    • Spends a lot of time watching television, playing computer or video games, or reading.
    • Has a safe place to play outdoors.
    • Is under adult supervision when playing.

    Credits

    By Healthwise Staff
    John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
    Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
    Last Revised July 31, 2013

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