Whether your child is at risk of becoming overweight or currently at a healthy weight, you can take proactive measures to get or keep things on the right track. Here are some key points to remember:

  • Limit your child's consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Provide plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Eat meals together as a family as often as possible
  • Limit eating out, especially at fast food restaurants
  • Adjust portion sizes appropriately for age
  • Limit TV and other "screen time" to less than 2 hours a day

Also, be sure your child sees the doctor for well-child checkups at least once a year. During this visit, the doctor measures your child's height and weight and calculates his or her BMI. An increase in your child's BMI or in his or her percentile rank over one year is a possible sign that your child is at risk of becoming overweight.

Nov. 03, 2015