Obesity is gaining epidemic proportions in the US.
Leading causes of obesity in children are dietary habits, environment, lifestyle and genetics. Though children of obese parents are more likely to turn obese, it is also true that lifestyle and diet play a major role. If the child is encouraged or allowed to lead a sedentary life he is more at risk of becoming obese.
If a child is fed high calorie junk food for our convenience then he will definitely become obese. So the best way to prevent obesity in children is to give them smaller meals at frequent intervals.
Allowing the child to indulge in physical activity and outdoor activities in lieu of video games. This will help burn calories the natural way.In some cases however, the reasons may be hormonal and it needs immediate attention from the parents.