ERIC Number: ED459396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Helping Your Overweight Child.
National Inst. of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Currently, at least one child in five is overweight. Although children have fewer health problems from weight than adults, overweight children are at high risk for many health problems including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke. Several factors are cited as to why children become overweight. Genetics, lack of exercise, and eating patterns are just a few of the causes. When a parent is concerned about a child's weight, they need to consult with their doctor. Many things can be done to help a child's weight that do not involve restricting their food intake. Getting more exercise as a family, teaching them healthy eating habits, and eating a balanced diet are just a few suggestions. This document provides information on how to choose a weight control program when additional assistance is warranted. A list is included of national organizations that assist with weight loss. (JDM)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Behavior Modification, Children, Eating Disorders, Family Influence, National Organizations, Obesity, Physical Health
Weight-control Information Network, 1 Win-Way, Bethesda, MD 20892-3665. Tel: 800-946-8098 (Toll Free); Fax: 301-984-7196; e-mail: email@example.com. For full text: http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health/nutrit/pubs/helpchild.htm.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Note: Produced by the Weight-control Information Network (WIN).