What to Know about Childhood Obesity

"Childhood obesity is one of the most concerning and common health problems facing children today," said Lisa Kenigsberg Fechter, M.D., a pediatric endocrinologist at Broward Health Coral Springs.

"Obesity can lead to many other health problems such as diabetes and high cholesterol, which often start during childhood and teenage years. Therefore, it is important that we address it at a young age," she said. 

"However, it is also extremely important that it is addressed with sensitivity, understanding and the recognition of individual limitations and barriers to healthy eating, exercise and healthy habits."

"In our clinic, we have a multidisciplinary approach," Kenigsberg Fechter continued. "This means that a patient will not only see me for a medical evaluation, but will also meet with a dietitian to learn about healthy eating and with a member of our psychology team to learn about changing behaviors." "Working together as a team, with a patient-centered approach, helps each child to be as successful as possible, said Kenigsberg Fechter.