Healthy weight for children and portion size

Children whose parents encourage them to eat well and be active are more likely to stay a healthy weight and be healthy.

Children whose parents encourage them to eat well and be active are more likely to stay a healthy weight and be healthy.


Steps to success include:

  • Being a good role model

  • Encouraging 60 mins of physical activity each day

  • Keep to child-size portions

  • Eat healthy meals, drinks and snacks

  • Less screen time and more sleep

Child sized-portions

There is very little official guidance on portion size so you will need to use your own judgement.

A good rule of thumb is to serve smaller meals and let your child ask for more if they are still hungry.

Try not to make your child finish everything on their plate or eat more than they want to.

Use child sized plates and encourage your child to eat slowly. Download the BANT plate as a guide of how much to eat from each food group. 



BANT Plate
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