Copperman added that parents need to reinforce healthy lifestyle messages to help keep their child at a healthy weight. She recommended the American Academy of Pediatrics' 5210 program. It calls for 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, no more than 2 hours of screen time a day, at least 1 hour of physical activity each day and zero sugar-sweetened beverages.
"Parents need to remember that they're modeling behaviors for their children, even at very young ages. It's not easy work, and public health interventions need to support parents," she added.
Learn more about keeping your child at a healthy weight from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.