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    Prevent Childhood Obesity

    There are many things that a parent 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.
    • Avoid pre-prepared and foods 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.
    • Enjoy physical activities as a family (walking, playing outdoor games, etc.)
    • Limit TV viewing.
    • 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.

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