Kids’ Waistlines Stabilizing

Despite a new study showing that American children’s waistlines did not expand from 2002 through 2013, there are still a vast number of children who are overweight and obese, a New York registered dietitian says. About one third of American children and adults were considered either overweight or obese in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So what should parents do if they are concerned about their child’s weight? “I think that it starts in the home,” says Marlo Mittler, MS, RD, adolescent medicine dietitian at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. “I think in your house, trying to be aware that it’s never too early to start teaching your kids to eat healthily. So it’s important to incorporate fruits and vegetables in a balanced diet; fast food isn’t always the answer."

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