About a third of children in the U.S. are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and some parents struggle with how to get their kids to eat healthy during the holiday season. The Associated Press tackled the issue yesterday and included tips on how to avoid weight gain this winter. Among the ideas: model healthy behavior, increase physical activity, and get kids involved in food preparation. This from Thomas Robinson, MD, director of the Center for Healthy Weight:
Work with kids to come up with healthier alternatives to the way food is prepared, said Dr. Thomas Robinson of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. Children will feel like they are part of changing the way the family does things. "People's taste and preference are quite malleable."