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13 Weight-Loss Tips for Kids

Obesity has become an epidemic in American kids, too. Here are some ways to promote weight loss in your kids.

ByDeniseMann
WebMD Feature

Reviewed ByBrunilda Nazario,MD
on Tuesday, August 05, 2003

Newspaper articles and television reports constantly remind us that a growing number of children in the U.S. are overweight or obese. And many parents are being told to put their kids on a diet or risk that they will develop serious health problems. But what is the best way to get a child to lose weight and keep it off?

To get to the bottom of it, WebMD asked experts to cull a sure-fire list of diet dos and don'ts to help families triumph over obesity . And it's about time.

The latest statistics show that as many as 30% of children aged 6-19 in the U.S. are overweight or obese, which puts them at increased risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes and emotional problems in adolescence and adulthood.

In children, body fatness changes over time as children grow, and boys and girls differ in the amount of fatness considered to be normal. Overweight is defined as having a weight that is greater than 95% of children of the same age and sex.