Childhood Obesity Counseling Garland TX

How can parents halt the creeping epidemic that threatens our kids’ futures? The solution: Change the environment so they can move more and eat well. In our push-button, remote-control, car-oriented culture—where pizza makes house calls and kids between the ages of 2 and 17 spend more than three years of their waking lives watching TV— we’ve created the fattest generation in history.

Massuma Kazemi, MD
(972) 566-7677
7777 Forest Ln
Dallas, TX
Business
Massuma Kazemi MD
Specialties
Pediatrics

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Deepika Minnal, MD
(972) 424-7915
2200 Los Rios Blvd
Plano, TX
Business
Tots to Teens Pediatrics
Specialties
Pediatrics
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: Aetna HMO/PPO Accountable PPO Affiliated PPO Beech Street PPO Blue Cross Blue Shield - PPO/POS/HMOCCN PPO ChoiceCare PPO Cigna HMO/PPO/POSFirst Health PPO Galaxy PPO Great West PPO/Open Access Health EZ PPO/Open Access Healthsma
Accepts Uninsured Patients: Yes
Emergency Care: Yes

Doctor Information
Primary Hospital: Medical Center of Plano
Residency Training: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Medical School: Lady Hardinge Medical College, 1998
Additional Information
Member Organizations: American Academy of Pediatrics
Languages Spoken: English,Spanish,Hindi,Urdu,Telugu,Tamil

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Horizon Open MRI
(972) 494-6745
325 North Shiloh Road
Garland, TX
 
Wafik M Kassab
(972) 276-3878
2241 Peggy Ln
Garland, TX
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Dr. Johanna Limsenben
(972) 272-6561
601 Clara Barton Blvd
Garland, TX
Specialty
Pediatrics

Shelley Weiss, MD, FAAP
(972) 566-4286
7777 Forest Lane
Dallas, TX
Business
Healthy Texan Pediatrics
Specialties
Pediatrics
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: Almost all insurances accepted.
Medicare Accepted: No

Doctor Information
Primary Hospital: Medical City Dallas Hospital
Residency Training: Children's Medical Center
Medical School: Rush Medical College, 1999
Additional Information
Member Organizations: American Academy of Pediatrics - Fellow
Languages Spoken: English

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Ruth M Graupera
(214) 266-0700
802 Hopkins St
Garland, TX
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Robert Andrew Kotas
(972) 272-7887
601 Clara Barton Blvd
Garland, TX
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Johanna Limsenben, MD
(972) 272-6561
601 Clara Barton Blvd
Garland, TX
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1999

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Johanna S Sison Limsenben
(972) 272-7887
601 Clara Barton Blvd
Garland, TX
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Curbing Childhood Obesity

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How can parents halt the creeping epidemic that threatens our kids’ futures? The solution: Change the environment so they can move more and eat well.

In our push-button, remote-control, car-oriented culture—where pizza makes house calls and kids between the ages of 2 and 17 spend more than three years of their waking lives watching TV— we’ve created the fattest generation in history.

Waistlines are widening in people of all ages, but “our children, in particular, are gaining weight to a dangerous degree and at an alarming rate,” warns the Institute of Medicine of Washington, DC, in a new action plan (“Preventing Childhood Obesity: Health in the Balance”) commissioned by Congress to address this growing public health threat. In just 30 years, the prevalence of childhood obesity has soared, with nearly one in three American kids now tipping the scales past healthy weight.

Once dismissed as harmless “baby fat,” childhood obesity is increasingly recognized as a serious health threat that can lead to numerous physical ailments such as type 2 diabetes. In fact, one-fourth of obese kids ages 5 to 10 already have at least two components of what is called metabolic syndrome, a cluster of health problems (including insulin resistance, high blood pressure and high cholesterol) that increases the risk of coronary heart disease and diabetes. Overweight kids also are more likely to be ostracized and bullied—or to bully others.

The grim reality is that obesity exerts a life-shortening effect, which threatens to reverse the steady rise in life expectancy observed in the modern era, contends a recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Today’s children are on track to be the first generation in U.S. history to live less healthy, and even shorter, lives than their parents.

How did we get this way? Increasingly, experts point to our “obesogenic” environment, which encourages people to eat too much and move too little.

“We live in a world where the energy demands of daily living are at a historic low and the availability of high-calorie, easily obtainable, inexpensive food is at a historic high,” notes Harold Kohl, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. “We’ve created the ‘perfect storm’ for obesity—particularly for children.”

Numerous societal changes have dramatically reduced the amount of energy children burn, while expanding the number of calories they consume. Budget-crunched schools have cut back or eliminated physical education classes—and sometimes even recess. Working parents concerned about safety would rather their kids play video games or watch TV indoors than run around outside. Computers have revolutionized the classroom, entertainment, shopping and communication. Fast food, in “super size” portions, is everywhere—even in some schools—as are vending machines stocked with sodas and chips.

“Our willpower hasn’t changed” in just 30 short years, notes Yale University obesity expe...

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