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Simple Steps to Keep Your Child’s Weight Under Control

We Americans have trouble with our weight. Our children do, too. We all develop habits early in our lives that can get us in trouble. Many Family  with 3 children walking outdoors during warm weather; one son is riding on father's shoulderstimes as parents, we pass on our own bad habits to our children. They eat what we eat and tend to be active if we are active, too. Weight control takes some planning and care. It starts with building a quality diet and regular playtime to make activity a part of everyday life.

Lifelong Weight Control

How can parents (and other caregivers in a child’s life) help their children keep their weight at the right level for lifelong health? Here are some simple steps to take at each stage of a child’s early life:

Your Baby:


Your Toddler:


Your Young Child:


Your School Age Child:


Your Teenager:


Healthy Habits Now - Healthy Life Later

It is not easy being a parent. Creating good habits rather than poor ones means practicing those habits as parents to show your child the right way. By taking care to surround them with high quality foods and lots of active playtime, parents can shape their children’s habits and keep them healthy for life. 


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Last Reviewed: May 16, 2013

Robert D Murray, MD Robert D Murray, MD
Clinical Professor of Health Behaviors & Health Promotion
Retired Professor of Human Nutrition
College of Education and Human Ecology
The Ohio State University