Prevention of Childhood Obesity

Friday, February 27, 2015

Childhood obesity rates are reaching alarming levels. Dr. Edward Hill takes a look at some steps parents can take to reverse the trend in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Balance is key in helping your child maintain a healthy weight. Balance the calories your child eats and drinks with the calories used through physical activity and normal growth.

Offer your children nutritious meals and snacks. You can help them develop healthy eating habits by making favorite dishes healthier and by reducing calorie-rich temptations.

Help your kids understand the benefits of being physically active and help them stay active. Children and teens should participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity most days of the week, and every day if possible.

Reduce your childs sedentary time. Although quiet time for reading and homework is fine, limit screen time to no more than two hours a day.

Reaching and maintaining an appropriate body weight is important. Thats why recommendations that focus on small but permanent changes in eating may work better than a series of short-term changes that cant be sustained.

The importance of continuing these lifestyle changes should be emphasized to the entire family.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.