Dieting is an infamously lonely endeavor. People may eat with their families, but they diet alone. As a society we sanction a multi-billion dollar weight loss industry for adults. We line up, sign up, go on and fall off – all the while leaving our kids out of it. Every time we neglect a family-based approach to health and weight control, we increase the likelihood that our children will grow up to need those weight loss services even more desperately than we do.
For parents it can be difficult to understand their children’s eating cues. Many wonder why feeding has to be so hard? If that applies to you, maybe you’re getting it all wrong. Ask yourself if you’re doing any of the following things.
When you think about what it takes to raise healthy kids, good nutrition often comes first to mind. But there are many other aspects of parenting that can improve the chances of children to grow up as healthy as they can be. In fact, parenting has a huge impact on the choices kids will make on behalf of their well-being. Here are six practices parents can apply to help their children develop a health-promoting mindset, now and for many years to come.
Parents of overweight children may think that a little baby fat is harmless and will disappear over time as their kids grow older, and often that is indeed the case. However, according to a new study, kindergartners with weight problems are four times more likely to become obese as adolescents than their normal-weight peers. The sad fact is that certain tracks are set early, and they can lead to struggles with weight and related diseases for a lifetime.
If your child doesn’t or cannot eat dairy products, how do you make sure he or she can still get enough calcium? Raising a dairy-free child may seem daunting to many parents, but whether the reason is food allergy or lifestyle choices, the abundance of calcium-fortified foods makes it easier to help meet calcium needs.
Rickets is traditionally defined as a nutritional deficiency disease, a childhood affliction caused by lack of vitamin D. In fact, it could also be defined as a sunshine deficiency disease. It once was common among poor children living in 19th century England who had to spend long days working in factories and coal mines at a very young age. Child labor in factories and mines is gone, but rickets is making a comeback for other reasons.
As a Registered Dietitian and mother, one of my passions is cooking with my kids. Even before I had my own children, I often spoke to parents, teachers, and caregivers about the importance of bringing children into the kitchen and getting them involved in different steps of meal preparation. The benefits of including children in handling food are numerous.