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:

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.

Child-size portions

Try to avoid feeding your child oversized portions. There's very little official guidance on precisely how much food children require, so you'll need to use your own judgement.

Eat healthy meals

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

Get active

Children need about 60 minutes of physical activity a day for good health, but it doesn't need to be all at once.

Less screen time and more sleep!

Help your children avoid sitting and lying around too much, as it makes it more likely for them to put on weight.