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    Health Tip: Help Your Child Safely Lose Weight

    (HealthDay News) -- Obesity can increase your child's risk of cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and prediabetes, says Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

    With minor changes, you can help your child maintain a healthy weight.

    To help your child safely shed pounds, the hospital encourages parents to:

    • Reduce or eliminate sweetened beverages, including soda.

    • Add more vegetables to family meals.

    • Make sure your family is eating a high-fiber diet.

    • Make sure your child is getting enough sleep.

    • Eat together as a family as often as possible.

    • Be a good role model. Enjoy healthy food in front of your child.

    • Limit your child's screen time to no more than two hours per day.

    • Encourage your child to be active.

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