As we approach the holiday season, cooking and eating becomes more of a focus for most families.

However, daily food/eating habits are a part of everyday life and healthy food habits become more important as we deal with the obesity epidemic. Being overweight or obese has increased dramatically in children with 1 in 5 kindergarten children already carrying excess weight.

Sally Robinson is a clinical professor of pediatrics at UTMB Children’s Hospital. This column isn’t intended to replace the advice of your child’s physician.

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