Obesity works way down to tots

Obesity works way down to tots

The Associated PressOctober 5, 2005 

As toddlers begin eating "grown-up" food, they may also develop grown-up eating habits -- like too much junk food and too few vegetables, doctors say.

Within the childhood obesity outbreak is an increasing number of overweight 2-year-olds, pediatrics experts said. To address the problem, the American Heart Association is offering this advice to parents: Children 2 and older should eat mostly fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat and nonfat dairy products, beans, fish and lean meat.

The recommendations revise the heart association's 1982 statement. Since then, more and more children have been falling into the overweight or obese category.

The heart association says by the time children are 19 to 24 months, french fries are the most commonly eaten vegetable. The guidelines urge parents not to give up if their children at first reject healthful food. Experts say it can take up to 10 tries for a child to accept a food.

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