Childhood obesity is becoming more and more common in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over the past 30 years, the number of overweight children ages 6 to 11 years has more than doubled.
There are numerous health reasons -- both physical and psychological -- why overweight children should try to slim down. A parent's help is essential in achieving this goal. But what can you do to help your child shed unwanted pounds? Here are some dos and don'ts for your child's weight-loss success:
Reviewed 2/02 by Jane Forester, MD
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