What can be done to reduce childhood weight problems?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Health Expert William McCarthy provides tips on what can be done to reduce childhood weight problems.

    William McCarthy

    Dr. William McCarthy is the Medical Director at the NOVA ABC Weight Loss Clinic

    Dr. McCarthy has been in private medical practice in the Northern Virginia area since 1976.  He received a BS (Magna cum laude) at Xavier University in Cincinnati, his M.D. degree at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C, and served his internship and residency in Family Practice at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. McCarthy is board certified in bariatric medicine, which is the medical specialty of weight  disorders.  At this time, there are only approximatly 300 board certified bariatricians in the United States.

     He has served as the Chief of Staff and board member of Potomac Hospital here in Woodbridge.  He founded the nationally recognized Continuing Medical Education program at Potomac Hospital and served as it director for over twenty years.  He has been repeatedly voted by his peers as one of the top physicians in the D.C area in the Washington Consumer Checkbook.  Dr. McCarthy has also served as a board member of the Northern Virginia Foundation for Health and Medical Care and on the board of Physician’s Care insurance.  He was the team physician for the Prince William professional baseball team for many years, chosen by the Pirates, Yankees, Cardinals, and White Sox.   Dr. McCarthy has an outstanding reputation as a physician and educator, known not only for his broad knowledge of medicine, but also as a compassionate and caring physician.  After years of treating the health consequences that were brought on by excess weight, Dr. McCarthy decided to shift the focus of his care to the treatment and prevention of the actual cause of these medical problems.  Dr. McCarthy has attended numerous conferences, intensively studied the most current medical literature, and has spent time working with well known, experienced bariatricians in order to enhance his knowledge in the science of weight loss, metabolism, nutrition, exercise, and behavioral aspects of weight control.  He now dedicates his experience and knowledge to those who lives and health are adversely affected by their excess weight.

    Host: What can be done to reduce childhood and adolescence weight problems? Dr. William McCarthy: First of all, we need to start educating physicians, parents and children. We need to start educating nutritionally about food value. We need to start steering away our diets from fast food, snack foods from large volumes. We need to start limiting soft drinks, which are just empty calories and snacks foods. Even fruit juices these days are primarily consisting of sugar and it is recommended, that we serve children no more to 4-6 ounces of fruit juice a day.

    We need to encourage more fruits and vegetables, at least five serving a day of fruits and vegetables. We also need to start encouraging more physical activity. A child should be getting at least an hour of vigorous physical activity everyday. We need to reduce in front of screen time that counts for television, video games, computer games.

    Children need to start getting away from that, not spending more than an hour or two everyday. More family time, also less attention as far as using food as a reward. So, there are many aspects that can be treated, we can start in the school systems by eliminating some of the snacks foods and high calorie foods and start teaching both parents and children the importance of a healthy meal and the consequences of what will be happen if they do not get weight under control.

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