(HealthDay News) -- Almost 18 percent of children and adolescents in the United States are obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number has almost tripled since 1980.
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The agency offers these suggestions for parents to help prevent the problem:
- Limit screen time for your child at home, school and child-care facilities.
- Check with the child-care center to make sure that healthy snacks and drinks are served, and that there's plenty of physical activity.
- Offer your child plenty of fruits and vegetables, and limit foods high in fat and sugar.
- Serve your child water instead of sugary drinks.
- Encourage your child to get physical activity every day.
-- Diana Kohnle
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