Some may feel like the recent publicity about childhood obesity is just hype. But childhood obesity can lead to bigger problems for kids when they grow up. Studies show that overweight children have a 70 to 80 percent chance of being overweight as adults.

And there are other risk factors, too. Studies show that overweight children have a great chance of developing diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

You can help your child from becoming obese or you can help him or her lose weight if they are struggling. Here are some things you can do.

• Don’t let your kids eat when they are bored. Teach them not to eat while they are reading, watching television, or playing video games.
• Don’t use food as a reward. Use more proactive things such as a new book, shopping time, manicures or pampering.
• Involve the whole family in eating and exercise. Do not single them out.
• Make slow changes so they do not feel attacked and hide food.
• Praise frequently for healthy choices and exercise. Stay away from all negative comments and connotations
• Set goals as a family. Don’t make them scale related.
• Have more active days. Plan active days.
• Have them pack lunches with you so they will have items they will eat, steer clear of school lunches.

Remember that there are no weight loss medications approved for children. Childhood obesity is not just a North American problem anymore. Read more at