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Obesity Trends In Children

One of the greatest health concerns affecting our children is the epidemic of obesity and overweight. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that among…


Health and Social Consequences of Overweight and Obesity

The health problems associated with accelerated weight gain in children include: Type 2 diabetes Fatty liver (which may lead to cirrhosis which is a type…


Health Problems Associated with Sweetened Drinks

Sodas, fruit juices, and sweetened beverages all have equal amounts of sugar in them and are considered to be “empty calories.” Here are some more reasons to avoid…


Defining Overweight and Obesity: What is Body Mass Index (BMI)?

The first step in assessing weight status is to determine the Body Mass Index (BMI). Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a…


Can a Vegetarian Diet be Healthy for My Child?

If your child or teen wants to follow a vegetarian diet, he/she is not alone.  Three percent of youth aged 8-18 years call themselves vegetarians.…


The Gluten-Free Diet

Anybody who shops for food has probably noticed more gluten-free products on the shelves. In the retail sector, sales of gluten-free foods posted an impressive…


When “Johnny Won’t Eat That!” Getting Kids to Eat What You Cook

Buddy Hackett once said “As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.”  I love this saying.  Imagine how…


How to Feed Your Picky Eater

When one of my daughters was a small child she lived for a brief time on cereal, toast, and raisins, washed down with large amounts…


The Facts about Your Child’s Wheat Allergy or Gluten Intolerance

One of the most challenging allergies for kids and their parents to endure is wheat allergy and gluten intolerance. Wheat and gluten are in many…


The Facts about Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance

Celiac Disease, or gluten intolerance, is becoming increasingly common today. In the United States, more than 2 million people or 1 in every 133 people…


Calcium Sources For The Lactose Intolerant

What is Lactose Intolerance? Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest significant amounts of lactose (milk sugar found in dairy products). It is caused by…


Report Released on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Are you up to date on the latest government recommendations for nutrition and fitness? The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, published every five years, gives science-based…


Allergy Season is in The Air… But What About Food Allergens?

Real Nutrition: Food allergies occur when our bodies mistakenly believe certain foods are harmful. Surprisingly, 8 foods account for 90% of all food-allergic reactions. These…


What is Insulin Resistance?

If you have been told that your child has insulin resistance, you have probably wanted to know what that means, how it happened, and what can…


Preventing Pre-Diabetes in Your Child

Before people develop type 2 diabetes, they almost always have “pre-diabetes.” In adults it may take ten years to progress from pre-diabetes to diabetes but by that…