How Kids Can Fight Obesity
If weight loss is needed, set realistic goals. A 10 percent weight loss will yield immediate benefits, including less fatigue.
Find snack alternatives. Munch fruits, not chips.
Use moderation. One cookie is fine -- not eight. Don't eat super-size fast food.
Get moving. Build up to at least 30 minutes of vigorous activity three times a week.
Change habits. Just switching to skim milk can help.
Start early. About 40 percent of overweight children remain overweight as adults. The ratio rises to 75 percent for adolescents.
Avoid cure-alls. Foods with fat substitutes can cause digestive problems and encourage overeating.
Limit television and video games to 30 minutes a day. Allow computer use only for school homework.