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What steps should I take if I'm an overweight parent?

Weight problems are a tough burden for kids, but fortunately there is much we can do as parents to prevent and treat emerging problems. One thing that parents can do is help themselves.

Even if you feel that genes are a big part of the problem in your case, those genes express themselves through things like giving in to temptations and overeating. Kids whose parents struggle with weight live in the same challenging environment. By taking steps to make healthier choices as a parent you can serve as a role model of a loved adult enjoying healthy foods without battling to keep calories down.

Source: Susan Roberts, Ph.D. "Help Your Kids Lose Weight--by Losing Weight Yourself;"