Mayo Clinic Minute: How to help overweight kids get healthier

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here's some heavy news one in six

American kids is obese the reason why

we're concerned about that is all the

health problems that are associated with

having excess weight on our bodies Mayo

Clinic pediatric psychologist dr.

Bridget Biggs says overweight kids are

being diagnosed with what had been adult

onset diseases we're seeing kids with

type 2 diabetes we're seeing kids with

fatty liver disease sleep apnea dr. big

says if you're concerned about your

child's weight keep your focus and

conversations on his or her overall

health it's important for parents to

provide the entire family including

themselves with healthy choices dr. big

suggests you set reliable times for

meals and snacks and eat them at a table

or counter in a room free of distracting

technology we're just more mindful when

the electronics are off include fruits

with breakfast and fruits and vegetables

with lunch and dinner keep healthy

snacks visible in the kitchen and the

refrigerator avoid sugary drinks and

finally encourage exercise through

example for the Mayo Clinic News Network

I'm Jeff Olsen