Healthy Eating for Kids

THEIR PLATES GIGI:ADULTS PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN CHILDREN'S LIVES — INCLUDING HELPING THEM BUILD HEALTHY EATING HABITSINFANTS, CHILDREN AND TEENS HAVE SPECIAL FOOD NEEDS BECAUES THEY ARE GROWING AND DEVELOPING2-GIGIJOINING US TO DISCUSS HEALTHY EATING HABITS AND MAINTAINING A HEALTHY WEIGHT FOR CHILDREN IS DR STEVEN ABRAMS, HE'S A PHYSICIAN AT DELL CHILDREN'S AND A PROFESOR AT DELL MEDICAL SCHOOLWHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR PARENTS OF INFANTS?THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS RECOMMENDS EXCLUSIVE BREASTFEEDING FOR THE FST SIX MONTHS (ALTHOUGH ANY AMOUNT OF BREASTFEEDING IS BENEFICIAL)

NON-BREAST-FED INFANTS SHOULD GET AN INFANT FORMULA FOR THE FIRST YEAR OF LIFE SELECTED WITH THE HELP OF YOUR PEDIATRICIAN IRON-FORTIFIED INFANT CEREALS GIVE BABIES THE IRON THEY NEED FOR GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENTFOR OLDER CHILDREN FRUIT JUICES LIKE SWEETENED DRINKS, ARE NOT NEEDED FOR GOOD HEALTH AND SHOULD NEVER BE GIVEN TO INFANTS < 1 YR SWEETENED JUICES ARE LINKED TO EXCESS WEIGHT AND TOOTH DECAYIT'S IMPORTANT NOT TO ADD SUGARS, SALT OR FATS TO FOOD FOR BABIES OR YOUNG CHILDREN

WHAT CAN PARENTS DO TO HELP PREVENT CHILDHOOD WEIGHT GAIN OR OBESITY?PROVIDE PLENTY OF VEGETABLES, FRUITS AND WHOLE-GRAINED PRODUCTS SERVE REASONABLE-SIZED PORTIONSLIMIT SUGAR AND SATURATED FATINCLUDE LOW-FAT OR NON-FAT MILK OR DAIRY PRODUCTS (WHOLE MILK FOR CHILDREN < 2 YEARS WHO ARE NOT OVERWEIGHT) NO SUGAR-CONTAINING SODAS

ENCOURAGE PLENTY OF ACTIVITY AND REMOVE CALORIE-RICH TEMPTATIONS FROM THE HOMEWHY IS CHILDHOOD OBESITY CONSIDERED A HEALTH PROBLEM? CHILDREN WITH OBESITY CAN BE BULLIED OR TEASED MORE THAN THEIR NORMAL WEIGHT PEERS THEY CAN ALSO SUFFER FROM SOCIAL ISOLATION AND LOWER SELF-ESTEEMCHILDREN WITH OBESITY ARE AT A HIGHER RISK FOR HAVING OTHER CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS, SUCH AS ASTHMA, SLEEP APNEA OR TYPE 2 DIABETES, WHICH CAN LEAD TO GREATER HEALTH CONCERNS DOWN THE ROAD SHOULD OVERWEIGHT CHILDREN BE PUT ON A DIET?IT'S IMPORTANT FOR PARENTS TO FOCUS ON FOOD QUALITY AND QUANTITY, AND HELPING CHILDREN ESTABLISH HEALTHY HABITS

PARENTS CAN TALK TO THEIR CHILD'S PEDIATRICIAN ABOUT WHAT SPECIFIC NUTRIENTS THEIR CHILD NEEDS EACH DAYPARENT OR GUARDIANS NEED TO BE GOOD ROLE MODELS CONSUME HEALTHY FOODS AND DRINKS AND CHOOSE ACTIVE PASTIMES CHILDREN ARE GOOD LEARNERS, AND THEY OFTEN COPY WHAT THEY SEEPARENTS SHOULD ALSO MONITOR SCREEN TIME, LIMITING CHILDREN 2 TO 5 YEARS OF AGE TO 1 HOUR/DAY

TO 1 HOUR/DAY TO 1 HOUR/DAYTO 5 YEARS OF AGE TO 1 HOUR/DAYTO 5 YEARS OF AGE LIMITING CHILDREN 2 SCREEN TIME, LIMITING CHILDREN 2 TO 5 YEARS OF AGE

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