Get Out and Play
One of the essential components to anyone losing weight, children included, is to get out and exercise. Diet plans may work in the short term, but eating a well-balanced healthful diet coupled with an active lifestyle is the only way to really keep the pounds off. A 2004 study from Obesity Research found that every hour a child watches TV or plays a video game doubles his or her risk of obesity [source: Warner]. The best way for kids to combat this is to get out of the house and play. Bike riding, rope jumping, hop-scotch, tag, you name it -- virtually every outdoor activity a child takes part in is more active than lying in front of the television. Encourage your kids to spend more time outside playing with friends, and they'll be less likely to gain extra weight.