Fit Kids

What are Your
Child's Habits?

If you answer "no" to any of these questions, your child may have habits that can slowly cause an unhealthy weight gain - even in children that are at a healthy weight right now. Is your child learning those habits from you?

Do you and your child:
You
Your Child
...get 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity on most days?

Yes

No

Yes

No

...limit TV and video time to no more than two hours per day?

Yes

No

Yes

No

...eat lots of fruits and vegetables each day and limit high-fat and high-calorie foods to only once in a while?

Yes

No

Yes

No

With small gradual changes, you can help your child stay at or reach a healthy weight - and form healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

Talk with your child's doctor about what is a healthy weight-range for your child. He or she may consider your child's:

  • body mass index (BMI) - an estimate of body fat, based on height and weight,
  • stage of growth and body frame size - the body adds fat during certain stages of growth, like puberty,
  • amount of muscle - muscle weighs more than fat.

Learn about BMI for children and teens.

Your child is likely to be in a healthy weight range if her or she is getting enough physical activity and eating healthy foods. Keep in mind that a child who looks fit may have habits that can slowly lead to an unhealthy weight and, a child who looks overweight may be in good health.

Calculate Your BMI

Figure your Body Mass index (BMI) using your weight and height.
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