Too Many Overweight Kids
Recent studies have shown that one in every five children between the ages of 2 and 5 are overweight, and ten percent of those under two are also overweight. Pediatricians want parents to know that this is a crucial time in a child’s life and can help shape their future weight.
Maintaining a child’s weight is a relatively simple process. Be sure to feed them plenty of fruits and vegetables, and low in fats. Encourage them to get up and move as much as possible, and engage in physical activity with them. Limit the amount of time they spend in front of the television or sitting down.
Make sure to talk to their pediatrician at every checkup to make sure they are under the 85th percentile curve for their age and that their weight is being gained at a normal level. Also make sure that the child gets an adequate amount of sleep every night.