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How can we prevent obesity?

To help your child maintain a healthy weight, balance the calories your child consumes from foods and beverages with the calories your child uses through physical activity and normal growth. Remember that the goal for overweight and obese children and teens is to reduce the rate of weight gain while allowing normal growth and development. Children and teens should NOT be placed on a weight reduction diet without the consultation of a health care provider.

As a parent, you can help shape your child's attitudes and behaviors toward physical activity. Throughout their lives, encourage young people to be physically active for one hour or more each day, with activities ranging from informal, active play to organized sports.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "Making Physical Activity a Part of a Child's Life"; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "What can I do as a parent or guardian to help prevent childhood overweight and obesity?"