Weight loss in children

If your child is obese, you might be concerned as a parent or care giver.

How can I tell if my child is overweight?

The best way to tell if your child is overweight or obese is to use one of the free online BMI tools for children (not the ones for adults)

Here are the BMI categories for children

  • healthy weight: 5th to 84th percentile
  • overweight: 85th to 94th percentile
  • obese: 95th percentile or higher

Why should I be concerned about my child’s weight?

If your child is in the upper BMI percentile range of either 85th to 95th considered overweight or above 95th, considered obese, you should be concerned due to the health risks of being overweight. Since overweight status can lead to many medical problems, psychiatric problems, and future opportunities for employment etc might also be affected negatively, it is important to address the child’s weight issues.

W8MD weight loss team

W8MD weight loss team

What can W8MD do to help my child lose weight?

If you have tried many things and failed, it is time to consider W8MD. Our physicians can help your child using evidence based, clinically proven, safe and effective strategies to help your child not only lose weight but also keep it off.

How else can I help my child?

  • You can help your child by being positive and supportive throughout any process or program you choose to help him or her achieve a healthy weight. Help your child set specific goals and track progress. Reward successes with praise and hugs.
  • Tell your child that he or she is loved, special, and important. Children’s feelings about themselves are often based on how they think their parents and other caregivers feel about them.
  • Listen to your child’s concerns about his or her weight. He or she needs support, understanding, and encouragement from caring adults.

What makes W8MD’s weight-management program different?

W8MD's insurance weight loss

W8MD’s insurance weight loss

When choosing a weight-management program for your child, look for a program that

  • W8MD’s weight loss program includes a variety of health care providers on staff that are well trained and experienced.
  • Our program evaluates your child’s weight, growth, and health before enrollment and throughout the program.
  • W8MD’s program is adaptable to your child’s specific age and abilities.
  • We help your family keep healthy eating, drinking, and physical activity habits after the program ends.

Having helped thousands of patients lose weight, W8MD’s insurance physician weight loss programs are unlike any other.


obesity – noun more than average fatness
overweight – adj. usually describes a large person who is fat but has a large frame to carry it; noun the property of excessive fatness
health – noun the general condition of body and mind; a healthy state of wellbeing free from disease
diabetes – noun any of several metabolic disorders marked by excessive urination and persistent thirst
childhood – noun the state of a child between infancy and adolescence; the time of person’s life when they are a child
eating – noun the act of consuming food
diet – noun the act of restricting your food intake (or your intake of particular foods); the usual food and drink consumed by an organism (person or animal); a prescribed selection of foods; a legislative assembly in certain countries (e.g., Japan); verb eat sparingly, for health reasons or to lose weight; follow a regimen or a diet, as for health reasons
weight – noun an artifact that is heavy; sports equipment used in calisthenic exercises and weightlifting; it is not attached to anything and is raised and lowered by use of the hands and arms; the vertical force exerted by a mass as a result of gravity; the relative importance granted to something; an oppressive feeling of heavy force; (statistics) a coefficient assigned to elements of a frequency distribution in order to represent their relative importance; a unit used to measure weight; a system of units used to express the weight of something; verb present with a bias; weight down with a load
eating – noun the act of consuming food
child – noun a young person of either sex; a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age; an immature childish person; a member of a clan or tribe
drink – noun the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess; a single serving of a beverage; any large deep body of water; the act of swallowing; any liquid suitable for drinking; verb take in liquids; consume alcohol; drink excessive amounts of alcohol; be an alcoholic; be fascinated or spell-bound by; pay close attention to; propose a toast to
Definition not found for foods. Please try http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/foods for a definition.
habit – noun a pattern of behavior acquired through frequent repetition; a distinctive attire (as the costume of a religious order); an established custom; excessive use of drugs; verb put a habit on
milk – noun produced by mammary glands of female mammals for feeding their young; a white nutritious liquid secreted by mammals and used as food by human beings; any of several nutritive milklike liquids; a river that rises in the Rockies in northwestern Montana and flows eastward to become a tributary of the Missouri River; verb take milk from female mammals; add milk to; exploit as much as possible
health – noun the general condition of body and mind; a healthy state of wellbeing free from disease
food – noun any substance that can be metabolized by an organism to give energy and build tissue; anything that provides mental stimulus for thinking; any solid substance (as opposed to liquid) that is used as a source of nourishment
percentile – noun (statistics) any of the 99 numbered points that divide an ordered set of scores into 100 parts each of which contains one-hundredth of the total
loss – noun the act of losing; the disadvantage that results from losing something; the experience of losing a loved one; the amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue; something that is lost; gradual decline in amount or activity; euphemistic expressions for death; military personnel lost by death or capture
adult – adj. (of animals) fully developed; noun any mature animal; a fully developed person from maturity onward
care – noun activity involved in maintaining something in good working order; the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something; attention and management implying responsibility for safety; a cause for feeling concern; judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger; an anxious feeling; verb feel concern or interest; provide care for; be concerned with; prefer or wish to do something; be in charge of, act on, or dispose of
insurance – noun promise of reimbursement in the case of loss; paid to people or companies so concerned about hazards that they have made prepayments to an insurance company; written contract or certificate of insurance; protection against future loss

Children weight loss - frequently asked questions

  • Is it normal for a child to lose weight?
  • What causes loss of weight in babies?
  • How do I help my child lose weight without them knowing?
  • How can I help my overweight child lose weight?
  • How can I get my 10 year old to lose weight?
  • When should you worry about weight loss?
  • Do Breastfed babies gain weight slower?
  • What can cause a child to not gain weight?
  • Is it normal for a 10 month old to lose weight?
  • What is the fastest way for a kid to lose weight?
  • How do I get my 10 year old on a diet?
  • How can I get skinny overnight?
  • What is overweight for a 10 year old?
  • What is a healthy weight for a 10 year old?
  • Why is my daughter always hungry?
  • How can I lose tummy fat fast?
  • What age should you start fasting?
  • How much should a 13 year old weigh?

W8MD locations

W8MD weight loss, sleep and medspa - Brooklyn NY (718) 946 5500

W8MD weight loss, sleep and medspa Manhattan - (718) 946 5500

W8MD weight loss, sleep and medspa Philadelphia PA - (215) 676 2334

W8MD weight loss, sleep and medspa King of Prussia, PA - (215) 676 2334

W8MD weight loss, sleep and medspa Cherry Hill NJ - (215) 676 2334

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