More and more Americans are gaining an unhealthy amount of weight. Children who gain too much weight are more likely to have health problems when they get older and are also more likely to be overweight adults. Simple changes can make a big difference for the whole family. For overweight children the goal is simple – slow down the rate of weight gain in order to give their bodies a chance to catch up with their weight as they grow taller.
A scientific study* showed that families can slow the rate of weight gain in overweight children just by making 2 simple changes:
Cut 100 calories from the daily diet
Add 2,000 extra steps a day
Read on for simple and effective ideas on how to help your kids do just that, plus additional tips and resources to help your whole family follow a healthy lifestyle.
*Funded by The SPLENDA® Brand and NIH grant DK42549.