AHA calls for family effort to reduce childhood obesity

01/24/2012 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Getting the entire family involved in adopting a healthy lifestyle could help motivate obese children to lose weight, the American Heart Association says in a scientific statement issued in its journal Circulation. Strategies for helping children lose weight include getting parents involved, encouraging specific behaviors, setting age-appropriate goals, making nutritious food more accessible at home and offering praise rather than punishment.

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