Small steps can help prevent childhood obesity.By Maura Rhodes, for Sharecare
My daughter, who's 13, has started asking a lot of questions about food. She wanted to know, for example, if the mango smoothies she likes have a lot of calories (and was crestfallen to learn that one bottle is actually two sugar-laden servings), and if the bangers and mash she orders at our local gastropub is healthy (uh, no, honey, the sausage has lots of saturated fat, the potatoes are swimming in butter and there's nothing green on the plate).
I try to answer Eliza's questions without sounding judgmental and gently steer her toward healthier choices. I'm also lucky: Eliza is active, and despite what she puts in her mouth, she's a healthy weight -- unlike the nearly one-third of kids in the United States who are overweight or obese, which puts them on a path to a lifetime of potential health problems, from type 2 diabetes that can develop while they're still young to heart disease as adults.
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