11 doctors weighed in:

How do I prevent my child from getting overweight?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ruben Rucoba
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Eat right & exercise

Start early by giving a wide variety of healthy foods to infants & toddlers.
Make snacks healthy (fruits & veggies, not chips). Exercise regularly as a family (bike rides, walks, swimming, ball games). Don't eat in front of the tv. Don't buy the unhealthy foods: if it's not in the house, the kids won't eat it. Eat as a family and try not to eat until stuffed (be a role model for the kids).

In brief: Eat right & exercise

Start early by giving a wide variety of healthy foods to infants & toddlers.
Make snacks healthy (fruits & veggies, not chips). Exercise regularly as a family (bike rides, walks, swimming, ball games). Don't eat in front of the tv. Don't buy the unhealthy foods: if it's not in the house, the kids won't eat it. Eat as a family and try not to eat until stuffed (be a role model for the kids).
Dr. Ruben Rucoba
Dr. Ruben Rucoba
Thank
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Healthy Habits

Simple in theory, harder in practice.
Lifestyle issues are the key. Healthy nutrition (types and amounts of food), fitness, rest (stress coping skills). Focus on health not on weight.

In brief: Healthy Habits

Simple in theory, harder in practice.
Lifestyle issues are the key. Healthy nutrition (types and amounts of food), fitness, rest (stress coping skills). Focus on health not on weight.
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Thank
Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Be a good role model

Engage your whole family in healthy lifestyle activities- pack and picnic and go to the park, take family hikes and bike rides.
Spend time at the pool and outside (and not in the movie theater) during summer. Make grocery shopping for healthy foods fun by involving your kids in the shopping and cooking process. Make activity a part of the daily routine.

In brief: Be a good role model

Engage your whole family in healthy lifestyle activities- pack and picnic and go to the park, take family hikes and bike rides.
Spend time at the pool and outside (and not in the movie theater) during summer. Make grocery shopping for healthy foods fun by involving your kids in the shopping and cooking process. Make activity a part of the daily routine.
Dr. Laura Webb
Dr. Laura Webb
Thank
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics

In brief: Exercise and Diet

Increasing and maintaining a good excercise routine is part.
Then implementing regular consistant portion control of food intake. If you limit portions by removing 1 tsp of every 5, of all foods, the child will generally do better with weight, no matter how old.

In brief: Exercise and Diet

Increasing and maintaining a good excercise routine is part.
Then implementing regular consistant portion control of food intake. If you limit portions by removing 1 tsp of every 5, of all foods, the child will generally do better with weight, no matter how old.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Marsha Davis
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
24 years in practice
67M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors