Prevent Childhood Obesity

Prevent Childhood Obesity

There are many things that a parents can do to prevent obesity in their child, including:

• Respect your child’s appetite; children do not have to finish everything on their plate, or finish the entire bottle.
• Wait at least 15 minutes before offering a second serving.
• Avoid buying snacks with lots of sodium and foods and drinks with extra sugar.
• Provide your child with a healthy diet, 30% or fewer calories from fat.
• Provide enough fiber.
• Limit the amount of high-calorie foods kept in the home.
• Make fresh fruits and vegetables available.
• Enjoy physical activities as a family (walking, playing outdoor games, etc.).
• Limit TV and non-school-related media viewing. Do not watch TV during meals or snacks.
• Do not reward completion of meals with sweet desserts.
• Replace whole milk with skim milk at about 2 years of age, or at 1 year of age if you are concerned about obesity.
• Encourage your child to participate in active play.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Renee A. Alli, MD on September 8, 2018

No Comments

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.