Working with your healthcare provider is the safest way to find out how to best treat obesity. Your provider may also refer you to a dietitian, psychologist, and an exercise specialist.
The first step to treating obesity is usually working with food choices and activity levels. If you want to get started, try the 5, 2, 1, 0 plan recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics or MyPlate.
Eat at least five fruit or vegetables servings every day.
Limit screen time (TV, video games, computer, tablet, and phone) 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 one percent milk.
My Plate offers ideas and tips to help build an eating style that meet’s a person’s health needs. For children and teens, start by 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.