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Preventing Childhood Obesity – By june saxton. What Parents Can Do. Give Them a Good Start. 1. Breastfeed 2. Introduce them to a wide variety of foods (Beauchamp & Mennella , 2009) & (Birch & Ventura, 2009). Limit Fast Food. When it is allowed as a special treat:

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Preventing childhood obesity by june saxton

Preventing Childhood Obesity – By junesaxton

What Parents Can Do


Give them a good start
Give Them a Good Start

  • 1. Breastfeed

  • 2. Introduce them to a wide variety of foods

  • (Beauchamp & Mennella, 2009) & (Birch & Ventura, 2009)


Limit fast food
Limit Fast Food

  • When it is allowed as a special treat:

  • 1. Child sized portions

  • 2. Healthy sides

  • 3. Low or non-fat milk (no sodas!)

  • 4. Skip the mayo

  • 5. Choose a whole wheat bun if available

  • 6. Grilled chicken instead of a burger is a better choice.

  • (AHA, 2011)


Use grocery shopping food advertising as a teaching tool
Use grocery shopping & food advertising as a Teaching Tool

  • 1. Read food labels together

  • 2. Involve them in picking healthy food

  • 3. Discuss the advertising with them and help

  • them distinguish between healthy and unhealthy food.

  • (AHA, 2011)


Have family meal times cook together
Have Family Meal Times & Cook Together

  • 1. Kids who eat with their parents are more likely to eat healthy.

  • 2. Involving kids in the cooking process helps

  • them develop a healthy relationship with food.

  • (Hammons & Fiese, 2010) & (What is Yum-o, n.d.)


Take control of what your child eats at school
Take control of what your child eats at school

  • Unite with other parents to let the school

  • district know that you are concerned about school lunches.

  • 2. Encourage them to teach healthy eating in the classroom.

  • (Jalonick, 2011).


Use the usda s new my plate
Use the USDA’s NEW MY Plate

  • Make ½ the plate fruits & vegetables

  • ¼ the plate whole grains

  • ¼ the plate lean protein

  • (USDA, 2011)


Make sure that they get exercise daily
Make sure that they get exercise daily.

  • 1. Limit media time.

  • 2. Encourage them to play outdoors.

  • 3. Get them involved in sports.

  • . (Birch et al., 2009)


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