How to Help an Overweight Child

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Q: How can I help my overweight child?

A: I’m not a pediatrician, but I have many patients who want to know how to get their overweight kids into shape. My first question for them is, “Are you in shape?” Generally, the answer is no. I have found that kids will follow the parents’ behavior. Even if kids act like they do not care, they really do. When my oldest son was 11, he was overweight and out of shape. I decided it was time for me to start a fitness program. I never said a word, and within two months my son was in shape and eating healthy, because I was. If you want to help your kids get in shape, then you need to get in shape and model good behavior. That includes healthy eating and exercise.

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