Overweight Child: Medical Evaluation
If your child has been diagnosed by a doctor as being overweight or at risk of becoming overweight, a thorough medical exam is important to identify and treat any related health problems.
Your doctor will ask about:
Causes of overweight
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.
Some or all of the following tests will be done to help identify the cause and 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 exam, 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.
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