Getting children to eat well, exercise regularly and maintain a healthy lifestyle is sometimes challenging. Media reports suggest that childhood obesity is increasing, but if you feel your child is becoming overweight, is it right to put them on a diet? Not really, say paediatricians. They recommend controlled helpings and eliminating junk food from the children’s food habits. Cut down on the rice servings. Stop oily, deep fried food, go easy on desserts. Add mixed vegetable soups, salads and sprouts to the child’s diet. While an occasional slice of a pizza, or an occasional treat at the McDonalds, is not a taboo go for a portion control of such foods that don’t qualify as ideal nutrition.