Helping Our Overweight Children

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The number of children who are overweight continues to increase. One in five children is obese!

Helping children with weight is a multifaceted problem. Kids need support, guidance and most of all an understanding that healthy eating and physical activity habits are important now and later. Parents can provide guidance by:

  • offering food choices that follow the food guide pyramid in terms of balance and options; setting a food example by eating with kids and making healthful food choices
  • not using food as a reward or punishment
  • letting your child decide when they had enough to eat
  • helping your children learn to accept responsibility for the food choices they make
  • encourage regular physical activity

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For more information contact Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension at 561-233-1742.