He said that kids shouldn't skip breakfast and should limit sweet beverages (soda and juice) and fast food. Physical activity needs to be a daily habit and families need to eat meals together as much as possible, he advised. In addition, parents need to limit time watching TV, computer time and time spent playing video games.
"If you can change these behaviors, you'd reduce most childhood obesity," Rao believes.
For more on the known causes of obesity, read this information from the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
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