How to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Obesity can lead to serious health problems like asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea. Make sure you know how to prevent it to avoid any health problems with your child.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Get the family involved Get the whole family involved in physical activity, such as bike riding, playing tag, walking, and dancing.
  • TIP: Physical activity will increase self-esteem, strengthen bones, and reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Step 2: Limit sedentary activities Limit sedentary activities, such as playing video games, watching TV, and surfing the internet. The more time children spend playing video games, the more likely they will become obese.
  • Step 3: Provide healthy foods Provide your children with healthy meals and snacks, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products.
  • TIP: Avoid processed foods and sugary drinks.
  • Step 4: Go to mypyramid.com Go to "mypyramid.com":http://www.mypyramid.gov/ to help your family get general diet and lifestyle recommendations.
  • Step 5: Involve your family Involve your family in planning, shopping, and preparing the meals. Sit down as a family as much as possible.
  • TIP: Encourage your family to try a variety of foods.
  • Step 6: Teach your children Teach your children at an early age about food and nutrition so children develop healthy eating habits for life.
  • Step 7: Set a good example Set a good example for your children by making smart choices about your own lifestyle. Help prevent obesity and future chronic diseases from occurring.
  • FACT: Childhood obesity was the #1 health concern among parents in America, topping smoking and drug abuse between 2008-2010.

You Will Need

  • Exercise
  • Healthy meals and snacks
  • Internet access
  • Guidance

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