The study found that kids who sat down and ate with their parents at least 3 times a week were more likely to eat healthy foods like vegetables and less likely to be overweight and eat junk food.
Obesity statistics are getting more and more scary. If your child is in a class of 30 at school, statistics show that 5 of them will be obese.
According to the NHS, of children aged 2-15, 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 7 girls are obese.
We've all heard that obesity can cause health problems like an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. But some experts are worried that once a child becomes obese or overweight, it's very hard for them to get back to a healthy weight.
And what's more, lots of parents don't even realise that their kids are overweight or obese.
So whether you're worried about your child's weight right now, want to know how you can prevent your child from becoming obese or just want to know a bit more, we're here to help.
From planning healthy meals and easy lunchboxes, to discovering what's in your children's food, dealing with fussy eaters and getting them exercising, just click on the links below to help your child - and your whole family - become more healthy.
Are my kids obese?It's difficult to tell if your kids are overweight using BMI, as their age and sex needs to be taken into account. However, the NHS have a BMI calculator that can be used for adults and kids as well. You'll need to have accurate measurements of your kids' height and weight.
Some schools are now following a national child measurement programme which means that they weigh children aged 4,5,10 and 11 - and you'll get a letter if your child falls into the overweight category on the BMI scale. However, not all schools are implementing this yet, so it's still worth checking your kids' weight yourself.
Obesity and your child's health- Obesity in children: The facts, causes and treatment
- Diabetes: The facts
- Cholesterol: The facts
- Expert health help
Combating obesity through exercise- Check how much of your child's body is fat
- Healthy eating diets
- Fun ways to get fit as a family
- Exercises to suit your child's weight
- Expert diet tips
Getting your child to eat a balanced diet- Healthy eating recipes
- Cheap, family recipes
- Lunchbox tips, including healthy snacks and puds
- The truth about what are good fats and bad fats
- Your child's food explained
- Expert food and nutrition help
Understanding why your child's overweight and what you can do- How to spot and stop bullying
- What to do if your child hates P.E
- How to spot a depressed teen
- Talking to your child
- Dealing with fussy eaters
- Stop your kids eating junk food