It must be complete: to provide all the nutrients needed by the body: carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water.

This includes time spent watching television and playing that is passed to the computer console. Although the time children spend in front of this type of display can be an excellent educational and entertainment opportunity, spending too much time in front of the TV like it is associated with increased risk of overweight.

5-2-1-Almost None recommends no more than two hours in front of the TV or other screens every day. And for children less than two years, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends no whatsoever to television screens, video or computer.

Regular physical activity helps children to have the heart, bones and muscles strong and healthy, and achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Being active improves learning ability and helps them feel more energy and sleep better.

Besides causing cavities, sugary drinks are one of the main culprits of the current epidemic of childhood obesity. Since the seventies, the consumption of industrially produced soft drinks has more than doubled among children and young Americans. It is not surprising that the number of overweight or obese children has also increased.