Some figures show it's closer to a third of all our kids being bigger than they should be, and, scarily, that figure is rising.
So what can parents do to combat childhood obesity?
Subhead: Be consistent
- Vegetables – make them part of everyday eating.
- Breakfast - Kids need a range of vitamins and minerals for healthy growth and development, to feel full of energy and to support learning at school and breakfast eaters are more likely to achieve this. Avoid sugary cereals and opt for porridge with honey instead.
- Water - Have water instead of juice or soft drink. Milk is also a healthy drink for kids as part of a meal or snack.
- Involve little kids in the growing, preparation and cooking of food.
- Use 'reward' charts to encourage kids to try new vegetables; make sure the rewards aren't other foods!
- Have easy-to-grab healthy food options in the house, such as pre-cut veggie sticks and dip, fruit and small tubs of yoghurt.
- Talk to your teenagers about healthy snack or meal ideas they've heard from friends or school so you can have them in the house.