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Help prevent childhood obesity

(HealthDay News) -- Almost 18 percent of children and adolescents in the United States are obese. That number has almost tripled since 1980.

Try these suggestions to help prevent the problem:

  • Limit screen time for your child at home, school and child-care facilities.
  • Check with the child-care center to make sure that healthy snacks and drinks are served, and that there's plenty of physical activity.
  • Offer your child plenty of fruits and vegetables, and limit foods high in fat and sugar.
  • Serve your child water instead of sugary drinks.
  • Encourage your child to get physical activity every day.

Attribution: -- Diana Kohnle


U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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First published: 10/04/2013
Last updated: 10/04/2013