Obesity Epidemic Increases Dramatically
What can I do to keep my child from being overweight?
1. Don't make your child eat when he or she isn't hungry--it's OK if not every drink or every meal gets finished.
2. Don't use food to comfort or to reward.
3. Don't offer dessert as a reward for finishing a meal. Doing this teaches your child to value sweets more than other foods.
4. Offer your child a healthy diet. No more than 30 percent of all the calories your child eats should be fat calories. Ask your doctor or a dietitian to teach you about the right kinds of food to feed your child. Your child needs to get lots of fiber from fruits, vegetables and grains.
5. Don't eat at fast-food restaurants more than once a week.
6. Limit how much TV your child watches. Try to get your child to do something active instead, like riding a bicycle or playing ball.
7. Spend time being active with your child--go on family walks and play outdoor games together whenever you can.
8. Teach your child good eating and exercise habits now to help him or her have a healthy life.