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Childhood Obesity Statistic
Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
*Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Childhood Obesity Prevention

In most cases, childhood obesity is completely preventable – especially when families and their WellStar pediatricians work together to stop bad habits that have developed in the past 20 years. From portion control to exercise, children can get back on the path of health – especially if their parents work with them to change behaviors.

Taking Control of Diet

Parents can make a big difference in childhood obesity by helping their children make good food choices throughout the day, including:

  • Eat five fruits and vegetables each day
  • Get one hour of physical activity a day
  • Limit screen (TV/computer) time to less than two hours a day
  • Limit consumption of sweetened beverages
  • Eat breakfast daily
  • Switch to low-fat dairy products
  • Prepare foods at home as a family
  • Eat a diet high in fiber and calcium

Taking Control of Exercise

Parents can also help children maintain a healthy weight by making exercise a part of their daily life:

  • Find a fun activity. Help your child find a sport that he/she enjoys. Get the entire family involved. It is a great way to spend time together.
  • Choose an activity that is developmentally appropriate.
  • Plan ahead. Make sure your child has a convenient time and place to exercise.
  • Provide a safe environment. Make sure your child's equipment and chosen site for the sport or activity are safe.
  • Provide active toys. Young children especially need easy access to balls, jump ropes, and other active toys.
  • Be a model for your child. Children who regularly see their parents enjoying sports and physical activity are more likely to do so themselves.
  • Play with your child. Help him/her learn a new sport.
  • Play with your child. Help him/her learn a new sport.

Do not overdo it. When your child is ready to start, remember to tell her to listen to his/her body. Exercise and physical activity should not hurt.