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


Eat Breakfast

Skipping breakfast doesn't actually help you lose weight, and it may actually make you gain weight or have trouble keeping your weight under control. No matter how rushed you and your family may be each morning, or if your family isn't usually hungry in the morning, make breakfast a grab-and-go event. Offer foods that travel easily such as yogurt and trail mix or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole grain bread.

Kids and teens who skip breakfast are not only at risk for developing a weight problem, skipping this meal also leaves kids and teens tired and irritable during the day -- and hungry. And the hungrier they are, the more likely the kids are to reach for high-calorie foods (and lots of them) that aren't very good for them.