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Childhood Overweight: Prevention Strategies for Parents

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In recent years, childhood obesity has become a worldwide issue. The growing list of negative outcomes associated with its occurrence is constantly increasing the need for prevention and intervention. Although there is still much to learn about the causes and outcomes associated with childhood obesity, current empirical information is already available and should be used to influence good parenting practices. Observing good nutrition during pregnancy and prenatal monitoring; breastfeeding for 7 months and longer, if possible; introducing young children to healthy food in a positive context; and choosing physical activities are all important strategies for parents in preventing childhood obesity.

Keywords: body mass index; breastfeeding; childhood obesity; childhood overweight; nutrition

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: December 1, 2008

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