Advice for parents

If your child is a healthy weight, there's lots you can do as a parent to help them stay a healthy size as they grow.

Research shows children who stay a healthy weight tend to be fitter, healthier, better able to learn, and more self-confident. They're also much less likely to have health problems in later life.

Children whose parents encourage them to be active and eat well are more likely to stay a healthy weight and grow up healthy.

Check their BMI every now and then using using our BMI calculator to make sure they stay in the healthy range.

Here are five key ways you can help your child maintain a healthy weight:

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Get healthy as a family

Any changes to your child's diet and lifestyle are much more likely to be accepted if they involve the whole family.

Measurement programme

Children are weighed and measured at school. The information is used by the NHS to plan and provide better health services for children.

Be a good role model

One of the best ways to instil good habits in your child is for you to be a good role model.

Childhood vaccinations

There's a recommended timetable for routine childhood vaccinations. This timetable has been worked out to give children the best chance of developing immunity against common, but potentially deadly, diseases.

Eat healthy meals

Children, just like adults, should aim to eat five or more portions of fruit and vegetables everyday.