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    Possible long-term effects and consequences of this habit include obesity, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and osteoarthritis. Dental problems fall under short-term effects.

    Gradually introduce him to other food items, especially vegetables. Introduce him first to succulent types of vegetables such as sayote or eggplant. Later on, give him a taste of greens like malunggay, pechay, kangkong, kamote tops, etc. You can “disguise” these veggies by mixing them in soups and sandwich fillings, or by using them as coating for boiled eggs.

    Encourage him to engage in sports and other worthwhile activities to put his weight gain in check.

    • Sunil Sazawal, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., associate professor, department of international health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, U.S.
    • SMART PARENTING May/June, November/December 2003, March, April, June, July, August, November 2004, April, May, June, September, December 2005
    Photography by Christian Halili
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