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Making physical activities and healthy eating fun can help parents manage their child's weight. It's also important to have the entire family motivated. Therefore, it's a family event, making the child more likely to succeed in losing weight and keeping it off.
Craig Primack, MD, Bariatric Medicine, answered
Starting with 5-2-1-0 is a great way to start to give your child healthy tools to manage their weight.
5 vegetables and fruits per day
2 hours of screen time or less per day
1 hour of activity every day
0 sugar sweetened beverages including juices
Riverside Health System answeredYou can help your child manage his weight by doing the following:
- Lifestyle changes such as increasing physical activity and eating healthy foods can help your child reach a normal weight. Usually your child will not need to be on a diet or lose weight. The first goal may be for your child to maintain (stay at) his current weight while growing normally in height. Talk to your healthcare provider about a weight management plan that is right for your child.
- The whole family should make these lifestyle changes together. These changes may improve the health of your whole family. Involving the family in making these changes may also help your child not to feel singled out.
- Be a role model to your child. Your child learns from your behavior. Your child will be more likely to make changes if he sees you make changes too.