Preventing Infant and Toddler Obesity

By: Kerry Ederer, CBS News Email
By: Kerry Ederer, CBS News Email

A few months ago, doctors told the Gutierrez family that 2 year old Xavier and 4 year old Sebastian needed to slim down. Xavier was 15 pounds overweight. His older brother, even more.

The Institute of Medicine now says obesity prevention needs to start from the beginning when children are infants and toddlers. The report recommends limiting television, increasing physically active play, and promoting better sleep routines.

Childhood obesity is a huge problem in the U.S. 10-percent to 20 percent of babies and children under 5 are overweight or obese.

That's what the Gutierrez family is doing. Cutting out junk food and juices. Everyone is slimming down.


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  • by old timer on Jun 23, 2011 at 05:26 PM
    Oh my gawd, these over-educated idiots always try to make something bigger than it is. Eat 3 balanced meals a day, and let your kids play outside and get them off the ipads, ipods, off the cell phones, and make them run around. Then you won't have obese children. My mom had an 8th grade education and she raised 3 healthy kids. She knew the food pyramid - not WHAT OBAMA IS PUSHING! - she gave us a boiled or fried egg for bkfast and toast, sandwich for lunch, didn't keep Cokes in the house, and gave us 2 veggies, meat, salad, and milk for dinner at 5 p.m. We had 3 hours before we got ready for bed with baths, and were in bed by 8:30 p.m. on school nights. It's not rocket science.
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      by Dee on Jun 24, 2011 at 06:17 AM in reply to old timer
      Well said Ole Timer! All the computer/ipad gadgets are a huge part of the problem. Get outside and play! No sodas - they're too expensive anyway and have NO nutrition. It really isn't that complicated.
  • by SH88 Location: tally on Jun 23, 2011 at 04:59 PM
    How about taking steps in preventing stupid parents?
  • by Meee Location: CVille on Jun 23, 2011 at 04:30 PM
    How about giving the children 2% milk rather than whole milk? This is one common problem most people make to children. Whole milk has too much fat in it for people overweight and at the right weight. It is only recommended for those that are underweight. Cutting out juices and junk food alone is not enough.
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      by Mommy of 2 on Jun 23, 2011 at 05:08 PM in reply to Meee
      While it's a good idea to switch children who are overweight, or over the age of 2 to 2% milk, children the under age of 2 in the normal weight range should stick to Whole milk, because very often they need the extra calories while transitioning to solid foods from liquid nutrition. This obesity epidemic in our children is shameful. Your children only eat what YOU feed them....don't let your toddler eat 3 pieces of pizza (or pizza at all), don't let them have sodas, water instead of juice except on rare occasions (and when you do feed juice, don't feed the kind loaded with sugar)....and tell everyone who caretakes for your children what the rules are. Yes, Grandpa is going to sneak little Suzie a cookie once in awhile and that's OK....but just because your child WILL eat a plateful of spaghetti doesn't mean he or she SHOULD. Perhaps if grocery stores started offering up lists when you walk in of suggested shopping items for households based on the age of the children..i.e. this list has foods for age 1-2, this list has foods for ages 3-5, etc...because sometimes I think parents are just overwhelmed and incapable of sorting out the healthy foods in the daily rush. And some just don't know. They, and their kids, need help. no one wants their kids to suffer, so I bet a lot of them would take the information if it were more easily and freely (and comprehensibly) offered.
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      by brainer on Jun 24, 2011 at 05:32 AM in reply to Meee
      Actually, young children need the fat in whole milk for their brain to properly develop. Milk is the only liquid our bodies recognize as food. Milk is not the problem! There are too many problems to list. But with all parenting advice, one must consider the individual's situation and adjust accordingly.
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