Most parents try their best to teach their families to make good food choices. But they don’t want them to feel deprived of the goodies other kids enjoy. Parents can be in denial about the health threats that extra pounds can have on children and teens. “If you think your child has a weight problem, begin with your child’s doctor,” says Dr. Skip Brown, medical director of outpatient clinic operations at the UTMB Pediatric Specialty Center at Bay Colony. “After the age of 2, we begin assessing a child’s weight using the Body Mass Index. The child’s growth both by height and weight should be consistent. If it’s not, we’re finding that children can’t be too young to begin addressing this.”