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Did you know that obesity can lead to heart attacks, arthritis, psychological problems and even cancer? UNICEF also shares a scary statistic: one in three children under the age of five years is obese. What’s more, South Africa has the highest number of obese kids, particularly those between the ages of two and four years and 10 and 15 years. But it’s not too late. Here’s how you can help.

Don’t force-feed. You may have been taught that you can’t leave the table until your plate is clean. Don’t continue this bad habit. Instead, respect that your child may have a smaller appetite.

Stock up on healthy snacks. Avoid fizzy drinks or treats containing lots of salt, sugar or fats. Instead, opt for things like biltong, fruit, yoghurt, Provitas, peanut butter, carrots or rusks. Serve water, homemade iced tea or milk as drinks.

Run for your life. Studies show that jogging is one of the best forms of exercise when it comes to fighting obesity. The key is to do it consistently and to get the whole family involved. Stay healthy, together.

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