Working with your healthcare provider is the safest way to find out what method of obesity treatment will be best. In some families, it may be helpful to include a dietitian, psychologist, and an exercise specialist in treatment plans.
Since food choices and activity levels play an important role in managing weight they are usually the focus of obesity treatment programs. If you want to get started making changes to diet and activity, try this easy-to-follow method recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It is called the 5, 2, 1, 0 approach.
Eat at least five fruit or vegetables servings every day. Limit 100 percent fruit juices to 4 ounces per day.
Limit screen time (TV, video games, computer) to less than two hours per day.
Get at least one hour of activity every day. Go for a walk, play outside, dance or jump rope.
Get zero calories from drinks except for skim, fat-free or 1 percent milk.
In June 2011, the United States Department of Agriculture introduced My Plate. My Plate promotes using single servings of meats and grains at meals and covering the other half of the plate with fruits and vegetables. Choosing whole grains whenever possible is also encouraged.
For additional nutrition ideas and tips visit the webpage of www.ChooseMyPlate.gov.