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Health Tip: Help Your Child Safely Lose Weight

(HealthDay News) — Obesity can increase your child’s risk of cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and prediabetes, says Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

With minor changes, you can help your child maintain a healthy weight.

To help your child safely shed pounds, the hospital encourages parents to:

  1. Reduce or eliminate sweetened beverages, including soda.

  2. Add more vegetables to family meals.

  3. Make sure your family is eating a high-fiber diet.

  4. Make sure your child is getting enough sleep.

  5. Eat together as a family as often as possible.

  6. Be a good role model. Enjoy healthy food in front of your child.

  7. Limit your child’s screen time to no more than two hours per day.

  8. Encourage your child to be active.

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