How can I prevent my child from becoming overweight?

Right from the start, encourage your whole family to adopt a healthy lifestyle by:

  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet
  • Being physically active.

This will make it easier for each family member to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviours.


  • Try to limit screen time (including television, computer games and time on tablets and smartphones)
  • Eat family meals at the dinner table together as often as possible
  • Keep treat foods and soft drinks for special occasions.

Portion sizes are also very important. The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating can help you plan the the amounts of foods you need to balance your energy intake with your physical activity. It is important that parents are familiar with portion sizes so they can make sure children are served the right amount as they grow and develop.

An Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) is a nutrition professional, and can help children and adults assess their how much they need to eat, and planning a healthy diet and lifestyle.