"Being overweight is not just something that happens to adults – it can be a problem for kids too.
The good news is that making small changes to what you give your child to eat, and how you encourage them to do physical activity, can prevent them from becoming overweight. By doing this you’re also setting them up with habits that will last a lifetime, and helping them grow into healthy adults.
Good nutrition during childhood is essential for normal growth, development, current health and future health.
Fat cells developed in childhood remain into adult life – which makes it easier to put on weight. This is why overweight children often grow up to be overweight adults.
However, if children eat healthy foods and do enough physical activity, they will grow into their weight without increasing fat cells, setting them up for a healthier future."