Although the causes of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents are complex and varied, the single most important thing parents can do is teach their children to make the right eating choices. This is a lifelong skill that all children need to learn and understand.
Following are some ideas for helping your kids make healthy choices.
1. Teach them why a healthy diet is important. Explain that children who eat a healthy diet have more energy, do better in school, and grow big and strong. Encourage whole grains, fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products and lean meat. Don’t label foods as “good” or “bad,” just let children know which foods are healthier choices.