According to researchers obesity, the US obesity rate has more than doubled for preschool children and adolescence and more than tripled for ages 6-11 - for 30 years. Obese children are at greater risk for health problems such as diabetes and heart disease, and often brought the issue to adulthood.
So, how can parents help the kids and the whole family, healthy eating, both at home and away-from-home?
"Talk to the pediatrician, family doctor or a registered dietitian to determine healthy weight loss goal for the whole family," says nutritionist Jenifer Bland-Campbell, "and then make a plan to address the problem."
He offers tips to help parents help their families eat more healthfully:
• Eat at least one meal together every day, at regular intervals to prevent snacking.
• Prepare healthy dishes for the whole family, not just specific diet for a child who is overweight.
• Do not use food as a reward, comfort or punishment.
• Watch portions. "Clean your plate" is not always the way to go.
• Eat slowly. It takes almost 20 minutes for the brain to register that the body is full.
• Encourage water or skim or 1% milk instead of high-calorie beverages, sweet.
• Getting children to eat at least five servings of vegetables and fruits every day will not be easy, but the focus on color to make it more fun. Www.5aday.org Visit for more tips.
• Use low-fat or fat-free dressings, mayonnaise and dairy goods at home as if they are full-fat version. Children will take your cues. Asking for the same items on hand when eating away-from-home.
• Climbing up the stairs. When you go shopping, park the car further away from the store and legs.
• Limit television, video games or computer time.
• Replace mayonnaise and cheese on a burger or sandwich with gravy sauce, mustard or barbecue.
• Keep the items that are baked, broiled, steamed or boiled-not fried.
• Ask for nutrition information when eating out.
• Look beyond the children's menu, often limited to fried, high-calorie foods, high in fat. Dividing a healthy adult entree between two children.
• Ask for takeout container and put some food in before you eat.
• Ask that bread, beverages, and tortilla chips served with the meal, not beforehand.
"Parents can help children achieve health goals by first making healthy changes in the home, and teach children what to do from home," said Bland-Campbell. "Eating healthy does not happen overnight, but children take cues from their parents and learn behaviors from time to time."