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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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