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Weight Management & Nutritional Counseling Specialist

David Rosenberg, MD -  - Pediatrician

VIPediatrics

David Rosenberg, MD

Pediatrician located in Cedarhurst, NY

Childhood obesity and poor nutrition are serious medical problems among kids of all ages. Many nutritional deficiencies can even contribute to poor school performance. At VIPediatrics in Cedarhurst, New York, David Rosenberg works closely with kids and their families, providing weight management and nutritional counseling programs customized to the needs of each child. Programs focus on teaching kids the value of good nutrition as well as helping them learn how to make smart eating decisions and lifestyle changes that can help them feel better physically and emotionally.

Weight Management & Nutritional Counseling Q & A

What kinds of medical problems are associated with childhood obesity?

Obesity in kids and adults can cause serious medical problems, and in growing and developing kids, being overweight or obese can set the stage for a lifetime of health concerns. Some of the most serious health effects of being obese or overweight include:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Heart disease
  • Sleep disorders
  • High cholesterol
  • Joint pain or joint problems
  • Chronic back pain
  • Respiratory issues
  • Liver and gallbladder disease

Children who are overweight or obese may struggle with play and sports or may decide to be physically inactive, which means they’re more likely to become isolated and suffer from feelings of depression, sadness, and failure.

What role does proper nutrition play in good health?

Childhood is a period of rapid growth and development, from infancy throughout early adulthood. Making sure the body gets the nutrients it needs during this time period is critical for establishing good health and healthy eating habits for your child’s entire life. Most children consume far too much fast food and convenience or snack foods that are very low in nutrients. Nutritional counseling helps identify your child’s specific and unique nutritional needs at every stage of life, developing a nutritional plan that’s easy to follow while also providing all the important nutrients your child needs to stay healthy. Plus, nutritional counseling can help identify lifestyle factors and other habits or issues that trigger unhealthy eating, including “emotional” eating that can occur when a child feels stressed, anxious, or depressed.

How can I tell if my child’s weight is abnormal?

Standard growth charts comparing height to weight can be very helpful in determining whether a child is overweight, obese, or underweight. Since growth and development can have a major impact on weight, especially during periods of rapid growth, Dr. Rosenberg takes other factors into account as well to ensure your child is accurately assessed.

How is nutritional counseling different from going on a diet?

Nutritional counseling isn’t solely about eating less; it’s about eating the right foods for proper nutrition, as well as understanding why your child may have certain unhealthy eating habits. Plus, it’s focused on helping your child (and you) understand the importance of good nutrition for both physical and emotional health while also giving the child the power to make smarter nutritional choices. Dr. Rosenberg tailors each nutritional plan to the needs and lifestyle of the individual patient for better compliance and optimal results, even in picky eaters.

Participating Insurances

Here is a listing of some insurance plans we participate in. We are constantly adding to this list, so if there is a plan you do not see, please call the office.

Aetna
Cigna
ConnectiCare
EmblemHealth
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Plan
Fidelis Care (NY)
First Health
GHI
Great West Health Care
HealthFirst
HealthNet
HealthPlus Amerigroup
HIP
Horizon
MagnaCare