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Is my toddler overweight

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10/01/14

The first thing to do is to find out whether your toddler really is overweight. Just because she has to wear clothes sized for an older child, or has a bit of fat round her tummy, doesn't mean she's an unhealthy weight. On the other hand, a chubby child is not necessarily a healthy child.

Ask your GP or health visitor to measure your toddler's height and weight. They can use the measurements to confirm whether your toddler is a healthy weight.

If your health visitor or doctor agrees that your child is overweight, try not to worry. Your toddler is simply taking in more calories than she is using up. There are two simple steps you can take to help your toddler to regain a healthy weight:
*encourage your toddler to be more active

*adjust what your toddler eats

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