We are witnessing an epidemic of childhood obesity. In this video, nutrition and fitness expert Janet Bond Brill, PhD, RDN, FAND, LDN, offers her tips for combating this health scourge. It starts with the parents, who must actively promote and model good eating habits as well as a healthy lifestyle. Lead by example and teach that “home is where the health is.” In addition, parents should not focus on a child’s weight, and a child’s self-esteem should never be dependent upon his/her physical appearance. Finally, parents need to be vigilant and vocal about children’s healthy lifestyle choices at school and outside the home.

Visit Dr. Bond Brill’s website or purchase her latest book, Cholesterol Down.