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Childhood Obesity

MedlinePlus: Obesity in Children
MedlinePlus is a goldmine of good health information from the world’s largest medical library, the U.S. National Library of Medicine. This page will give you news headlines, research, and prevention and treatment tips on child obesity. Esta página es en español también (“Obesidad en Niños”) .

BMI Index Calculator for Kids
Enter your child’s height, weight, and age to see if he or she may be overweight.

Child Obesity: What Parents Can Do
This article is a basic overview of the steps parents can take to prevent their child from gaining too much weight.

Quiz: Test Your Food Label Knowledge
This interactive quiz will help you learn how to read nutrition labels. After you’re done with the quiz, check out How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label for more tips.

Quiz: Portion Distortion
This quiz will test your knowledge of how food portions have increased over the last twenty years, and will give you an idea of how long you’d have to exercise to burn off those extra calories!

7 Ways to Cure Portion Distortion
If you or your child is eating larger meal portions than you should be, here are some tips on how to cut back.

Serving Sizes and Food Exchange List
Did you know that an 8-oz steak actually counts as 8 servings of meat instead of just one? Check out this list of common foods and their serving sizes. You might be surprised!

Eating Healthy: Tips for Eating Out
Many restaurants dish out giant plates of food and you can easily end up overeating. Here are some suggestions for how to keep your calories low!

Eating Healthy: Tips and Resources
Including tips on getting more veggies, fruit, and whole grains in your child’s diet.

Calorie Intake for Children
This chart shows you how many calories your child should ingest per day, based on their age, gender, and amount of physical activity.

Kid-Friendly Healthy Recipes
Try KidChef or kidshealth.org for healthy recipes that even a picky eater will enjoy!

MedlinePlus: Exercise for Children
Some links include the Parent’s Guide to Fitness for Kids Who Don’t Like Sports, Fitness and Your 2-3 Year Old, and Fitness and Your 4-5 Year Old. Esta página es en español también (“Ejercicio para Niños”).

Tips on Increasing Your Physical Activity and Keeping Kids Active
These two articles suggest activities that parents can do to get their kids moving.

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