Making the right choices about food and exercise is important for adolescent health. Amy Buono, MD, and Donald Cotler, MD, offer nutrition guidance and resources for your children and teens at Buono Pediatrics & Wellness in Millburn, New Jersey. From BMI calculations to lifestyle evaluations, Dr. Buono and Dr. Cotler ensure your child has what they need to maintain a healthy weight and reduce their risk for obesity and weight-related complications. Learn more about weight and nutrition counseling by calling the office or book an appointment online today.
To prevent health complications related to being overweight or obese, Dr. Cotler and Dr. Buono routinely monitor your child’s weight throughout all phases of their development.
During annual physical exams, the physicians measure your child’s weight and height and calculate their body mass index (BMI). The BMI is a way to put your child’s weight into proportion with his/her height and takes into account your child’s height, weight, age, and gender. This is one way to assess potential risks for future weight issues or weight-related health complications, like Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
Through early intervention, diet and lifestyle modifications can keep your child healthy. Routine monitoring of weight and BMI can also identify malnutrition issues and risks for anorexia and bulimia, two eating disorders common among school-aged children.
If your child needs to make changes to achieve a healthy weight, Dr. Buono and Dr. Cotler can recommend improvements to their diet and encourage daily exercise. The physicians discuss lifestyle choices with your child, such as opting for fresh, whole foods over junk food and spending less time in front of the screen and more time being active.
Children who are underweight may need screening for eating disorders or underlying health issues that may be responsible for unexpected weight loss or inadequate weight gain.
Adolescents that are at risk for obesity based on their BMI, family history, and medical history can benefit from routine checkups and nutrition counseling.
The goal of nutrition counseling is to help children achieve better overall health through proper nutrition. Because adolescents have choices to make every day about the foods they eat, nutritional counseling can help them make the right choice for their health.
Dr. Buono and Dr. Cotler provide nutritional resources to accommodate your child’s particular needs, like a proper diet plan for existing health conditions, including diabetes, malnutrition concerns, or an eating disorder.
The physicians can even design a healthy eating plan for kids involved in sports or other high-energy activities to promote healthy muscles and reduce the risk for injuries.
Learn more about the benefits of weight and nutrition counseling today by calling Buono Pediatrics & Wellness or using the online booking feature to schedule a consultation.