Big Boned or Overweight

Q: “At my son’s last physical, the doctor said he was overweight. I think he looks fine. We are big-boned in my family. Do I need to worry about my son’s weight?”

A: Your perception is not uncommon. A study showed that 33% of mothers misclassified their children as “about the right weight for their age” when they were, in fact, overweight.

While genetics may contribute to your son’s physique, chances are the doctor’s assessment is correct. Have your pediatrician show you the growth charts.

Encourage an active lifestyle, and listen to your doctor’s suggestions for healthy eating.

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