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Here at Lifestyle Medicine Center, we are proud to offer a full spectrum of services to our patients to treat a variety of conditions. Our highly trained professionals have years of experience in diagnosing and treating these conditions, and we are happy to help find a solution to best suit your individual needs.

We strive to create individualized treatment plans for each of our patients as each person has a unique history and unique needs. Some of our services include:

Lifestyle Counselor

When you’re contemplating a healthier life, having expert help and advice can make all the difference. Dr. Madhu Mathur, understands that families and children work best one-is-to-one and she brings together her extensive training and skills to encourage simple and sustainable change. Call Lifestyle Medicine Center today and make an appointment with her.

What is a lifestyle counselor?

A Lifestyle counselor is a professional who can help bring about better and healthier habits. Lifestyle is critical to good health. We lead busy, stressful lives and it is not easy to follow through with change. We need help and guidance.

How does a lifestyle counselor help me?

You will learn how to make simple changes at home to promote healthy eating and make physical activity fun!

Dr. Mathur can suggest how to set limits on sedentary activities like playing video games or watching TV. You can make these lifestyle changes while encouraging your child to enjoy themselves and have a positive self-image.

How does a lifestyle counselor help my child?

Working with Dr. Mathur at Lifestyle Medicine Center helps your child reach their potential by:

  • Showing your child how to enjoy being active
  • Helping your child deal with stress
  • Helping you support your child with love and compassion
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Meal Planning

Meal planning is about making sure your child follows a pattern of healthy eating, whether they are at home, at school, or out with friends. Madhu Mathur, MD, MPH, of Lifestyle Medicine Center in Stamford, Connecticut, is an expert in childhood obesity and a pediatrician who provides advice and support with healthy meal planning. Call Lifestyle Medicine Center today to make an appointment.

What is meal planning?

Meal planning is a way of ensuring that your child gets meals that are tasty, nutritious and balanced.

Why should I plan?

By planning, you make sure that the meal is balanced, and has variety. This will allow you ample time for shopping and meal prepping. Eating at home is an area over which you have the most control, so you must use this opportunity.

How should I plan for meals at home?

Think of your child’s favorite foods. Try to offer something your child likes at each meal. If it is a protein or carbohydrate, balance the meal and add vegetables. Dr. Mathur’s meal plans give you plenty of options to mix and match.

She shares recipes and cooking advice that involves your child in the meal planning and cooking so that they enjoy what they eat.

How about snacks?

Snacks are mini-meals. Easy to eat fruits like bananas and apples or chopped fruits or vegetables make great snacks.

Dr. Mathur also shows your child how to make their own healthy and tasty snacks, which will keep them involved and motivated.

How do I plan what my child eats outside the home?

Talk about what the evening or outing will be like. Encourage and gently suggest healthier options. Try offering a regular meal before they leave the house.

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Medical Weight Loss

Medical weight loss entails a supervised, gradual change in diet and exercise, without the child feeling deprived. These changes over time lead to weight loss. Madhu Mathur, MD, MPH, of Lifestyle Medicine Center in Stamford, Connecticut, is an expert in childhood obesity with many years of experience in helping children with a medical weight loss program. For a safe, effective, and sustainable route to healthy weight loss for your child, call Lifestyle Medicine Center today.

What is medical weight loss?

A medical weight loss program is designed to help your child achieve a healthy weight by making lifestyle changes that result in gradual weight loss, all while providing adequate nutrition. The solution must be sustainable and able to keep the child engaged and happy.

Devising a healthy weight loss plan requires an understanding of a growing child’s varied nutritional requirements and psychological state. Working with Dr. Mathur, you will be relieved of the burden of trying to figure it all out for yourself, so you can get back to loving and supporting your child.

At Lifestyle Medicine Center, Dr. Mathur achieves a very high success rate. Most patients lose weight and see significant improvements in their metabolic parameters.

Does medical weight loss involve using medication?

Dr. Mathur does not use medications. Weight loss medications for children are limited because of side effects. However, with Dr. Mathur’s guidance, and without medications, your child will improve their metabolic parameters and lose weight from the fat mass and grow into their height.

How can the family help?

You can help by being a buddy to your child and supporting and encouraging them along this journey. Please remember that this is a process. Avoid interruptions like all-inclusive vacations and other events that may challenge your child’s good intentions and reverse progress.

How does medical weight loss work without medication?

Dr. Mathur uses lifestyle modification. She will work with you to determine the underlying cause of your child’s overweight issues, and will then create an effective treatment program.

Scientific tools like body composition analysis and metabolic testing are used to monitor progress.

To find out more about medical weight loss for your child, call Lifestyle Medicine Center today.

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Metabolic Testing

Your child’s metabolism plays a significant role in how the body uses calories. Madhu Mathur, MD, MPH, of Lifestyle Medicine Center in Stamford, Connecticut, is an expert in childhood obesity who uses the latest advancements in scientific understanding of metabolism to help children lose weight effectively. Find out more about medically managed weight loss and metabolic testing for children by calling Lifestyle Medicine Center today.

What is metabolic testing?

Metabolic testing is a way of measuring the energy utilization by the body. It is a useful tool in weight management as it shows how many calories the child consumes with varied activity and in a resting state. This is extremely helpful to monitor for an effective weight loss program.

What does metabolic testing determine?

With metabolic testing we are able to determine the resting metabolic rate and the energy used for daily living activities and exercise.

How does metabolic testing help manage weight?

Metabolic testing helps us determine your child’s energy needs. As the child loses weight, the body gets more efficient and needs fewer calories.

This test helps the parent and child understand the degree to which the meal plan needs to be adjusted. To find out more, give Lifestyle Medicine Center a call today.

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Nutritional Consultation

Adequate nutrition is essential for health. Madhu Mathur, MD, MPH, of Lifestyle Medicine Center in Stamford, Connecticut, is a childhood obesity expert who can provide customized nutritional plans to optimize your child’s continued growth to keep them healthy even when they need to lose weight. Arrange a nutritional consultation for your child by calling Lifestyle Medicine Center today.

What is a nutritional consultation?

A nutritional consultation is where you and your child discuss nutritional needs and food preferences with Dr. Mathur. She makes sure your child is eating the foods they need in the portions they need to achieve optimal health while managing any required weight loss. She also educates and guides your child in nutrition so that they have the skills they need to make healthy eating decisions when they are on their own.

What role does nutrition play in weight control?

Good nutrition is essential for growth, development and healing.

Poor nutrition leads to pre-diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, insulin resistance, dyslipidemia and fatty liver.

By optimizing nutritional intake, you are ensuring that children and youth have the fundamental building blocks necessary for good health.

What happens at the consultation?

At the consultation, Dr. Mathur elicits a detailed history and possible triggers for weight gain. She also conducts an exam and reviews the blood work.

She then creates a personalized diet, exercise and lifestyle modification plan.

To arrange a meeting for your child with the doctor, call Lifestyle Medicine Center today.

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Body Composition Analysis

Having accurate data that shows how much excess fat your child has and where they store it makes it far easier to design an effective diet and exercise plan. Madhu Mathur, MD, MPH, of Lifestyle Medicine Center in Stamford, Connecticut, is a highly-qualified pediatrician and expert in childhood obesity who uses body composition analysis to determine the proportion of fat and lean tissue in your child’s body so she can create the best weight loss plan for them. Call Lifestyle Medicine Center today to arrange a consultation, or book an appointment online.

What is body composition analysis?

Body composition analysis is a measure of the amount of fat in your child’s body compared to the lean tissue or fat-free mass.

Measuring your child’s body composition gives Dr. Mathur valuable insight. Monitoring body composition during treatment is also a good way of checking on healthy weight loss, as you want to be sure that your child is losing excess fat rather than healthy muscle tissue.

Some fat is important to your child’s health, protecting the internal organs, regulating hormones, and acting as an energy store. It’s a buildup of too much fat that leads to health problems.

How is body composition analyzed?

Lifestyle Medicine Center, uses bioelectrical impedance which is a sophisticated but simple, accurate and painless method.

Bioelectrical impedance uses harmless doses of micro electric current which travels at different speeds in the fat and lean tissue. This provides the body fat percentage for your child. This reading is available as a print out that Dr Mathur likes to share with parents and children/youth.

How does body composition analysis help my child lose weight?

Simply put, the bathroom scales might say your child has lost weight while a body composition analysis may show the details. It reveals whether the weight loss was from the fat or muscle mass. In obesity there is excess fat. Fat is what hurts the body by causing inflammation.

Body composition analysis helps Dr Mathur monitor the balance of exercise and calories consumed. Using the information Dr. Mathur can adjust the medical weight loss plan.

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Emotional Eating Support

Emotional eating is a way of coping with stress. Children under stress may appear to be constantly hungry. In emotional eating, the child is trying to cope with some challenging situation using food to soothe themselves. The anxiety may come from home, school, or a falling out with friends. Madhu Mathur, MD, MPH, of Lifestyle Medicine Center can help you understand your child’s food related issues and then suggest helpful changes. She can guide you to better deal with your child’s challenges so that you can support them. Call Lifestyle Medicine Center today to make an appointment.

What is emotional eating?

Emotional eating is the way children comfort themselves when they feel anxious, upset or low. It is a coping mechanism for suppressing anxiety.

How do I know if my child has an emotional eating problem?

Emotional eating often is preceded by a stressful situation. It may be sudden or gradual. You might notice behavior changes. For example, your child may constantly be opening the fridge, or you may find candy wrappers in their room.

If your child is struggling with such issues, then a visit to Lifestyle Medicine Center and Dr. Mathur can be helpful. Dr. Mathur takes the time to talk to you and your child together and separately, using motivational interviewing to gently help your child find solutions. She is always mindful not to hurt or shame children.

How do I give my child emotional eating support?

Emotional eating support can start with you. Try spending some time with your child. Ask them how they are doing at school, or how they are getting on with friends. With a non judgmental approach, most children will open up.

To find the right balance and to encourage a change in behavior, take advantage of the professional support and advice of Dr. Mathur. Call Lifestyle Medicine Center today to find out more or book an appointment online.

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Healthy Living

Adopting healthy living habits strengthens immunity and prevents ill health. However, getting to grips with living more healthily can be a challenge. Madhu Mathur, MD, MPH, of Lifestyle Medicine Center in Stamford, Connecticut, is a pediatrician and expert in childhood obesity who provides advice and support to parents and children on how to live a healthier lifestyle and prevent the problem of obesity. Call Lifestyle Medicine Center today to find out more about healthy living and to book an appointment.

What is healthy living?

Healthy living is a practice that places health and well-being at the forefront of life.

At Lifestyle Medicine Center, the approach to helping children who have weight problems is to support change in lifestyle rather than dieting and medication. Understanding why your child is overweight requires looking at their:

  • Medical history
  • Family background
  • Knowledge of healthy living
  • Lifestyle
  • Eating habits
  • Exercise
  • Blood work analysis
  • Body composition
  • Metabolism

Dr. Mathur analyzes information from all these sources to design a plan that helps you and your child make positive, gradual changes towards a healthier way of living. Involving the family in this process makes it easier for your child to make healthy changes, and that everyone in the family benefits.

What are the best ways to live healthily?

Healthy living is best achieved by making simple changes that are sustainable. These simple changes will keep adding up and steer your family in the right direction.

How do I encourage my child to adopt healthy living habits?

For your child to embrace healthy living, it is best to have a role model. Try leading the way. Thisis hard to start and maintain sometimes, because your child may want to revert to established habits.

Visit Dr. Mathur when you want to start your child’s journey. She can motivate your child and use the most advanced scientific knowledge to craft diet and exercise plans that will encourage your child to start this journey to optimize their health.

To schedule your healthy living consultation, call Lifestyle Medicine Center today, or book an appointment online.

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