Childhood Obesity

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Focus on small, gradual changes in eating and activity patterns. This helps form habits that can last a lifetime.
Keep healthy snacks on hand. Good options include fresh, frozen, or canned fruits and vegetables; low-fat cheese, yogurt or ice cream; frozen fruit juice bars; and cookies such as fig bars, graham crackers, gingersnaps or vanilla wafers
Involve your children in meal planning and grocery shopping. This helps them learn and gives them a role in the decision making.
Don't use food as a reward or punishment. Children should not be placed on restrictive diets, unless done so by a doctor (for medical reasons).
Eat meals together as a family and eat at the table, not in front of a television. Eat slowly and enjoy the food
Be sensitive. Find activities your children will enjoy that aren't difficult or could cause embarrassment
Plan family activities that involve exercise
Set guidelines for the amount of time your children can spend watching television or playing video games
Be supportive. Children know if they are overweight and don't need to be reminded or singled out. They need acceptance, encouragement and love.
Childhood Obesity
Tips for Helping your child to maintain a healthy body weight

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