Prevention is the best solution to the obesity problem so at your child's well visits your pediatrician will work with you to identify risk and assess current weight status.
What to expect at your well visits. Do not be surprised if your doctor asks you about your child's eating and exercise habits as well as your family history related to diseases associated with obesity. You should answer these questions as truthfully as possible to help your doctor accurately assess your child's risk. In addition, your pediatrician will evaluate your child's physical stature by obtaining weight and height. At age two, they will begin calculating your child's BMI (About Obesity).
For nutrition information specific to your child's well visits, review the Bright Futures fact sheets