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Help an Overweight Child

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If your child has been diagnosed as overweight or obese, or is at risk for these conditions, act now to help reduce the risk of serious health consequences. Helping your child get and stay healthy is a family effort; working together benefits everyone.
  1. Understand the Condition
  2. Ways to Encourage More Exercise
  3. How to Change Your Family's Diet
  4. Self-Esteem Boosters

Understand the Condition

What do "overweight" and "obese" really mean? Find out how childhood obesity is defined and diagnosed, what its risks are, and how to calculate your child's body-mass index using simple online tools.

Ways to Encourage More Exercise

For weight loss or maintenance, heart health, mental health, and so many more reasons, it's essential for kids (and adults too!) to get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. Try these strategies to boost your child's fitness profile.

How to Change Your Family's Diet

Tweak your family's eating habits to add more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and you'll be well on your way to weight loss and better health. If kids are resistant, start slow, with small substitutions; work your way up to bigger changes.

Self-Esteem Boosters

Children and teens who are overweight may suffer from low self-esteem. Along with helping them lose weight with sensitivity, it's important to help them feel better about themselves, no matter their size or fitness level.

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