04 Sep 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