Preventing Childhood Obesity

  1. Children and Cholesterol

    If you, your parents or your parents' siblings had a heart attack before age 55, you should have your child's cholesterol tested.

  2. Cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and Triglycerides in Adolescents

    The cholesterol in blood comes from two sources: the foods your teen eats and his or her liver. The liver, however, makes all of the cholesterol your teen's body needs.

  3. Determining Body Mass Index for Teens

    Although it is not a perfect measure, BMI gives a fairly accurate assessment of how much of your teen's body is composed of fat.

  4. Exercise and Adolescents

    Teens need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity on most days for good health and fitness and for healthy weight during growth.

  5. For Obese Teens, Surgery Is the Last Resort

    Extreme obesity plagues more than a million teens and young adults, experts estimate. What's a parent to do?

  6. Healthy Eating During Adolescence

    Encourage your teen to eat three balanced meals a day, with fruits or vegetables as snacks.

  7. Help Girls Stay Active as Teens

    The teen years often bring a sharp drop in physical activity, especially for girls.

  8. Prevention of Heart Disease Starts in Childhood

    By teaching your kids to follow a healthy lifestyle, you can help reduce their risk for heart disease later in life. Although children and teens usually don't show the symptoms of heart disease, the silent buildup of plaque (fatty deposits) can start in childhood and can have a serious impact on their adult life.

  9. Prevention of Heart Disease Starts in Childhood

    You may think of heart disease as a problem for adults, not your young children. But diet and exercise habits started in childhood can begin a lifetime of heart health, or a lifetime of heart damage.

  10. Weight Management

    For overweight children 7 and older, the initial goal is to keep them from gaining more weight. Changes in eating habits and exercise are gradually introduced to trim pounds.

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