Lisa and Nicole

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After Lisa saw the show about Dr. Oz's diet, she says she realized she was contributing to her daughter Nicole being overweight. "I look at Nicole now and I see a beautiful girl that needs some help. That's my daughter," she says. Lisa asks Dr. Oz how she can get herself and her daughter healthy.

Dr. Oz says this is an important issue that many families face. "Seventeen percent of kids in this country now are overweight. When I was graduating from college, it was 5 percent," Dr. Oz says. "We've tripled in less than 25 years the amount of obesity in kids in this country, and we've tripled the diabetes rate among kids." Dr. Oz says overweight kids are even complaining of sleep apnea, knee pain and high blood pressure.

There are a few things Dr. Oz says Lisa can do to help her family stay healthy:

  • Make decisions in the supermarket. Dr. Oz says Lisa should stop buying foods with simple sugars and bad fats, like trans fats.
  • Make sure the entire family is on the program. "It's not fair to have Nicole on a diet when a sibling is chowing down on a double cheese pizza," Dr. Oz says.
  • Don't "pester" your child about weight loss. "Kids don't respond well to that and that's a fact," Dr. Oz says.
  • Get together with other moms in the neighborhood and encourage conversations between kids and adults about healthy living. Find out how you can get kids talking to kids!
  • Encourage exercise. Try this easy exercise plan for your children to follow.
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Published on January 01, 2006

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