Dr. Mercola's Comment:
Considering that 30 percent of children in the United States are overweight and only 23 percent of parents polled in a recent study restrict the television their kids watch or the video games their kids play at all, the list is a helpful tool in the fight against the obesity epidemic.
Like most problems in life, preventing childhood obesity is far easier than treating it, although much of the success of prevention depends on parental involvement, and communication is the key.
You will not only need to set appropriate guidelines and talk to your children about nutrition and why what they are doing is so important, you will need to take the time necessary to create nutritious meals and snacks for them to eat. Perhaps even more importantly, you will need to act as a good role model for them. After all, it is completely unfair to your children to ask them not to eat things they later see you eating.
Dr. Ben Lerner and I will be releasing a book on this subject later this year. The book will offer some very specific practical guidelines that should have a major impact on this epidemic.
Until the book comes out, though, I have three powerful recommendations for your children’s health and well-being:
Limit their TV time and get it out of their bedroom immediately.
Get your children off the couch and onto the playground or, at the very least, to move around vigorously while they are watching TV!
Replace those sugary juices and soft drinks with clean water.