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Providing Nutritious Food Choices for Your Children

The Food Guide Pyramid is a good place to start planning a nutritious diet for your family. When you plan a snack or meal, make sure that it includes protein, carbohydrate, and a little bit of fat. A carbohydrate-only [more…]

Growing Older and Staying Healthy with Good Nutrition

Good nutrition improves all body functions. For example, a diet rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant vitamin seems to slow the development of cataracts. Nutritious bran cereals provide fiber that can rev [more…]

How Childhood Obesity Affects Adult Weight

Although more research is needed to fully understand the relationship between nutrition during gestation and birth weight to the onset of obesity later in life, several studies suggest a connection. [more…]

How Current Eating Trends Affect Childhood Health

In childhood, as in adulthood, the more fat that people in your diet, the more calories. That’s because, bite for bite, a gram of fat delivers more than twice the number of calories than a gram of protein [more…]

What Are Signs and Symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa?

Bulimia nervosa is characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating followed by purging behaviors, such as self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives or diuretics, fasting, or obsessive exercise, in [more…]

How to Get Your Kids Out and Exercising

Sure, getting your child physical helps balance calories. But it also helps develop coordination and self-confidence. Diet and exercise habits that start now are more likely to follow your child into adulthood [more…]

What Causes Overweight Children: Genetics or Environment?

Children become overweight due to genetic tendencies, lack of physical activity, unhealthy dietary habits, or a combination of these factors. In some rare cases, an endocrine disorder is to blame. Your [more…]

Anorexia and Bulimia: Life-Threatening Eating Disorders

Anorexia nervosa and bulimia are psychological illnesses that lead you to eat too much or too little. Eating disorders are potentially life-threatening illnesses that requires immediate medical attention [more…]

Controlling Hypertension with Healthy Low-Fat Diet

The traditional treatment for hypertension included drugs, a diet low in sodium, weight reduction, alcohol only in moderation, and regular exercise. Data from a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute [more…]

Who Is Likely to Develop an Eating Disorder?

The one thing that all those who suffer from eating disorders have in common is a history of dieting. Generally speaking, bright, energetic, attractive, conscientious, hard-working people of all races [more…]

How to Encourage Your Child to Eat Vegetables

Just like adults, children should aim for five servings of nutritious fruits or vegetables a day. They’re good sources of fiber, they’re packed with vitamins and minerals, they’re low in fat, and they’re [more…]

What Are Signs and Symptoms of Binge Eating Disorders?

Binge eating disorder can happen at any age, but it’s often not recognized until adulthood. It’s similar to bulimia nervosa, but without purging activities. Victims of binge eating disorder eat large amounts [more…]

Sources of Calcium in a Vegetarian Diet

Generally, it’s a good idea for adult vegetarians, particularly vegans, to try to include two or more servings of calcium-rich foods in their diets each day. Teens and young adults should get an extra [more…]

Helping Someone Who Has an Eating Disorder

If someone you know has an eating disorder, you can help. The problem is that the person who has the eating disorder may deny having a problem. That denial may leave you, the supporter, feeling powerless [more…]

Nurture Your Children's Positive Body Image for Healthy Outlook

Children pick up behaviors by watching grown-ups. If you show your children nutritious eating habits, they’re more likely to follow your example. If you’re constantly dieting and criticizing your body, [more…]

The Importance of Your Child's Breakfast — Every Day

Many parents allow their children to skip breakfast. Parents may reason that the children aren’t hungry in the morning, and by skipping breakfast they avoid a bunch of calories. However, eating breakfast [more…]

Meeting Vegetarian Calcium Needs for Good Health

For vegetarians, the amount of calcium that is actually absorbed and retained from dietary sources is probably a good deal higher than for most Americans, so recommended intakes could theoretically be [more…]

Where to Find Help for Eating Disorders

Eating disorders require professional treatment. Do some background research on treatment, referral centers, and support groups in your area (check with your local school system, university, medical center [more…]

IBS Cookbook For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Decrease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) by cooking and eating the right foods. Living with IBS-C or -D can be a challenge, but you’re not resigned to accepting flare-ups. You can treat and [more…]

Experimenting with Some Great Dairy-Free Snacks

Snacking is a way of life for most folks, but those who opt to go dairy-free may have to make some special adjustments to their old snacking habits. The tasty [more…]

Planning Quick and Easy Dairy-Free Menus

Planning your meals ahead of time can help make the transition to a dairy-free lifestyle that much easier. When you plan your menus, look for ways to add dairy-free variations in flavor, texture, color [more…]

Living Dairy-Free For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Living a dairy-free lifestyle can be wonderful way to improve your health and well-being, and thankfully the transition doesn’t have to be difficult. Removing dairy from your diet simply takes some creativity [more…]

How to Estimate Calorie Needs for Dieting Athletes

If you are a dieting athlete, simply cutting your calories will impact your performance. Your focus should be lowering the percentage of body fat you carry. If you know what your weight-loss goal is, you [more…]

Changing Your Cooking Methods to Reduce Inflammation

An anti-inflammatory diet begins with choosing the right foods, but it continues with using anti-inflammatory cooking methods to prepare those foods. You can undo a lot of the good in your healthy foods [more…]

Linking Inflammation to Chronic Diseases

Inflammation contributes to the development and symptoms of chronic illnesses, and understanding that link is the first step in knowing how to change your diet in order to combat inflammation and take [more…]


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