Topic Overview

Children who eat poorly are more likely to develop certain long-term health problems and complications, including:

Children who eat poorly may become overweight. Complications of being overweight include:

Your child's doctor regularly screens for signs of these health problems. If your child needs treatment, work with your child's doctor to ensure that your child is getting the best medical care possible, both at home and at medical checkups.



  1. Gahagan S (2011). Overweight and obesity. In RM Kliegman et al., eds., Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 19th ed., pp. 179–188. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier.


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator

Current as ofNovember 20, 2015