Question

My child is overweight and her doctor says she's at risk of type 2 diabetes. Are there steps we can take to lower her risk?

Answer

Yes. Parents can do a lot to help their kids prevent type 2 diabetes. Make it a family affair. Healthy changes become habits more easily when everyone does them together.

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Get more active. Go for walks, play ball, or go to the park. Children need at least 60 minutes of activity a day.
  • Cut back on sugar. Limit sugar-sweetened drinks and juice.
  • Offer healthy snacks. Focus on vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
  • Limit screen time. That includes TVs, computers, tablets, and phones.
  • Eat dinner as a family. Keep the TV turned off.
  • See a dietitian. Some grocery chains have a dietitian to help you at no charge.
Last Updated: 05-18-2018
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