As obese children also tend to be obese in later life, it is important for parents to set the right example for their children from an early age.
As a family, make sure you always offer healthy food options and be careful about portion sizes. Keep active and limit the time you spend sitting, lying or in front of a screen – break up this sedentary time as much as possible.
There is also plenty of support. If you think you or your child is overweight, talk to your doctor or early childhood service.
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Last reviewed: July 2018