The statistics are disturbing: Just below 20 p.c of kids, adolescents, and youths are categorized as overweight. And that share is on the rise.
This places kids and youths in danger for issues that had been as soon as identified virtually solely in adults, resembling kind 2 diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart illness, and excessive ldl cholesterol.
Wholesome LifeWays: Valley’s Heart for Pediatric Wellness and Weight Administration supplies a complete program of medical and behavioral well being care, vitamin companies, and household assist to assist chubby and overweight kids and youngsters shed pounds, enhance their well being, and scale back their danger of creating power sicknesses.
As founder and director of Wholesome LifeWays, pediatrician and weight problems knowledgeable Dr. Sherry Sakowitz-Sukkar takes a family-oriented method. Throughout a 12-week program, she advises households to deal with wholesome dwelling.
“If a guardian is nervous a few youngster’s weight, say, ‘We’re going to begin consuming more healthy in the home.’ Don’t direct it towards the kid. Everybody in the home needs to be dwelling the identical wholesome way of life,” she stated.
Dr. Sakowitz-Sukkar not too long ago acquired a high-tech new device to assist inspire her younger sufferers. The Styku 3D Physique Scanner performs a physique scan in seconds that may present the modifications in somebody’s physique form and dimensions as their physique responds to health and dietary steering.
“My sufferers like it. It’s a very efficient motivational device,” Dr. Sakowitz-Sukkar stated.
She emphasizes that the main focus of her program shouldn’t be on weight-reduction plan. “You need to have guidelines about being a wholesome family, not a weight-reduction plan family,” she says.” My targets are for my sufferers to be wholesome, be ok with themselves, and develop wholesome habits. I train them to take a look at meals in another way with a deal with high quality, not amount.”
Wholesome Lifeways is designed for youngsters and younger adults categorized as overweight, that means that they’ve a physique mass index at or above the ninety fifth percentile. Kids who’re at or above the eighty fifth percentile and still have an related medical danger or household historical past of power illness, resembling diabetes, coronary heart illness, hypertension, or obstructive sleep apnea, also can be part of Wholesome LifeWays.
“By personalizing our program to suit the wants of every particular person youngster and household, we purpose to assist every youngster attain weight-loss success and scale back the danger of significant power illnesses, resembling diabetes, coronary heart illness, and hypertension, and accompanying psychosocial issues, together with despair, stress, and bullying,” stated Dr. Sakowitz-Sukkar. “The time to cease weight problems is earlier than a young person reaches maturity as a result of virtually all power illnesses are related to weight problems, and so they typically start in childhood.”
Wholesome LifeWays is positioned in Valley’s state-of-the-art medical workplace at 140 East Ridgewood Avenue in Paramus. To make an appointment with Dr. Sakowitz-Sukkar, or for extra details about Well being Lifeways, name 201-316-8438.