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What can be done to stop childhood obesity?

As childhood obesity rates soar, parents and professionals are finding ways to help stop the epidemic.

As a parent, you want the best for your child. So, if a doctor told you that you child would absolutely develop diabetes in their teenage years, you certainly would not ignore it. In fact, you would probably do anything you could to make sure that their child would not get diabetes. Here are just a few suggestions on how you can help.

In recent years, physical education classes have been the target for overridden school budgets. If this is the case in your child’s school, there are things you can do. Attend your school district’s council meetings and parent teacher meetings and ask, or better yet, demand that lunch menus be monitored and physical activities be reinstated. If enough parents are willing to fight for this cause, civic leaders will eventually have to oblige.

At home, you must make sure that the pantry is not filled with snacks that are simply empty calories. Kids love to snack, and if there are only healthy foods to snack on, they will eat the healthy foods.

You can also encourage your child to be active. Limit their time spent in front of the computer, TV, or playing video games and get them outside.

Children learn from example, so make physical activity a family event. When your child sees you participating, they will enjoy the activity more.

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