Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears explains how to screen for childhood obesity.
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The New Child Obesity Test Male: A lot of other kids may have the opposite prime. Male: Right. Male: Which is they're shooting off the growth curve becoming too big for their age. Male: Exactly right and that’s where you know a lot of docs will plot the BMI, the Body Mass Index and you know, the one thing that problem with that it doesn’t take into account muscle, bone versus fat. And so what there’s kind of a new measurement doctors are using now it’s called the neck measurement. And there’s a new study at University of Michigan, do you want a strawberry? Do you want a strawberry McKenzie? Woo, yummy. Female: Now -- Male: There’s a University of Michigan study found that kids with smaller neck sizes, it really correlated well with belly fat that we've talked about earlier. So having -- not having that belly fat is a really good thing and this is a great study. Male: So if neck size was too big was that a predictable -- Male: It was too big. Male: Too much belly fat? Male: Exactly, because you know measure the belly is that means you kind of get the kids undressed and but like the neck measurement, boom! Really easy to do. Kids that have bigger neck size are three to four more -- times more likely to be obese, diabetes, asthma, breathing problems, sleep apnea things like that. Male: So the take away here size does matter and the charts matter. And there are all these great reason to talk to your doctor to make sure that you’re child is developing correctly. Thank you both so very much. Female: Thank you very much, say thank you.