Preventing Infant and Toddler Obesity

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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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