The number of overweight children has doubled in the past 20-30 years. The cause is no surprise: Inactivity and overeating, just like in adults. In their Keeping Kids Healthy column, UTMB Drs. Sally Robinson and Keith Bly offer helpful suggestions for parents to start a family program to improve eating habits and increase physical activity. “The goal of promoting a family eating and exercise program is to get healthier, rather than to reduce your child’s weight. Children should not be put on restrictive diets because they need calories to develop properly, but changing eating and exercise patterns helps children “grow” into their weight without adding extra pounds,” they wrote.