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How to Put Your Child on a Diet

Although childhood obesity is becoming a national epidemic, you can use several strategies to help your child overcome a weight problem and lead a healthy life.


  • : Always consult a physician before attempting any exercise or exercise plan.
  • Step 1: Focus on healthy foods Focus on healthy foods rather than putting your child on a strict diet. Eliminate high-calorie fillers and substitute healthy foods, such as raw vegetables in place of fried foods.
  • TIP: Seek professional help if your child has an eating disorder or is obese.
  • Step 2: Keep your child active Plan activities that keep your child moving and physically engaged such as summer camp, karate class, dancing, or sports.
  • Step 3: Share healthy dinners Share a balanced meal as a family and then shift to a fun activity like playing a game or going for a walk.
  • TIP: Limit sedentary time with the TV, video games, and computers to a few hours a day.
  • Step 4: Make a schedule Institute regular meal and snack times and restrict all-day snacking.
  • Step 5: Be a role model Eat right and exercise and your child will more easily adopt a healthy lifestyle by following your lead.
  • FACT: Did you know? One study found that 25 percent of obese adults were overweight as children.

You Will Need

  • Healthy foods
  • Activities that promote exercise
  • Scheduled eating times
  • Professional help (optional)

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