Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

Big Kids: 10 Things Parents Can Do to Fight Childhood Obesity

Family Dinner

When a child is overweight or obese, it's a family problem and, while not a solution in itself, having family meals can help reduce your family's risk for becoming overweight or obese. When families eat together, they tend to eat healthier meals -- less fried foods and more vegetables. The good news is that many families are already practicing this tip. A study published in the March 2010 issue of "Pediatrics" found that about 56 percent of American families have dinner together at least six evenings per week, and when families ate dinner together more than five times a week, there was a 23 to 25 percent reduction in the number of kids with weight problems.

Remember tip number nine? It counts here, too. When families watch TV while eating, even if you're all sitting together at the dinner table, the nutritional quality of the meal takes a nosedive, so turn off the tube and spend time with each other.