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Tips to Avoid Childhood Obesity

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You may remember at the end of last month we told you about a study that showed a growing number of Nevada's kids are overweight or obese at a very young age.

For Face the State this week I interviewed a pediatric dietitian about the obesity problem to find out what parents can do to keep their kids healthy.
    
She told me there is a variety of factors contributing to the problem, but one of the biggest is portion size. "Portions for children should be 1/3 to 1/2 possibly for a 5-year-old of what a normal-size adult would have. Very, very small,” says Heidi Kinsinger.

Kinsinger works at the Community Health Alliance helping low-income families learn healthy habits.
    
She says parents have a lot of misconceptions about how much kids should be eating and what foods they should avoid.

It turns out small changes - like eliminating high-sugar drinks like sodas and juices will go a long way. And that includes sports drinks as well. "They're not as strong as juice but they're a strong source of sugar in the diet that the kids, they're not running for an hour, they don't need to rehydrate with electrolytes and things. They just need water."

Of course, activity level plays a big role too. Kinsinger says kids should not be spending more than two hours a day doing sedentary activities like watching TV or playing video games.

To see the full interview on child nutrition, tune in for Face the State this weekend. It airs Saturday at 4:30am, and on Sunday at 2:30 and 6:30am, as well as 3:30pm, and just after midnight on Monday.
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