Special Diet Needs: Children

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How Being a Woman Affects Weight Gain

If you’re a woman, even if you diet, you gain weight more easily than a man for several inherent reasons. Menopause, pregnancy, and the age you are when you reach puberty all impact your weight. [more…]

How Hormones Affect Your Nutritional Needs

Hormones affect your resting energy expenditure (REE) —the amount of energy (calories) you use when your body’s at rest. Men and women need different amounts of calories and different types of nutrients [more…]

Potty Training Children with Disabilities

Handling the physical aspect of training a child with a disability is wildly different with individual kids, depending on the disability. You may need to provide high-tech props that facilitate movement [more…]

How to Determine Whether Your Child Is Overweight

Body Mass Index (BMI) is the standard used to measure a child’s weight-related health risk. However, you must use charts specifically designed for children. [more…]

Multiple Factors Contribute to Development of Eating Disorders

Dieting is one possible reason for eating disorders, some people argue, because the disorders share dieting as a common thread. They think that if dieting didn’t exist, there would be far fewer eating [more…]

Signs and Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa

A person may have anorexia nervosa when she diets to the point of weighing only 85 percent of her normal, healthy weight (or a BMI of 17.5), fears gaining weight, is preoccupied with food, develops abnormal [more…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

Watching Out for Food that Contains Common Allergens

When your child is diagnosed with a food allergy, you may start to wonder what your son or daughter will and won’t be able to eat. The diagnosis of a food allergy can put strain on your recipe repertoire [more…]

Planning for School Camp When Your Child Has Food Allergies

If you’re a parent about to send your child with food allergies off on school camp, you may feel a bit concerned about what could happen while your son or daughter is at camp. Here are some tips for what [more…]

How to Tell Severity of Kids' Food Allergy Reactions

Carers of children with food allergies must be able to tell the difference between a mild or moderate allergic reaction, and a severe reaction anaphylaxis [more…]

Understanding Common Delayed Food Allergy Terms

If your child is diagnosed with a delayed food allergy, you may find yourself confronted with a whole list of medical terms, some of which you may not have encountered previously. The following list gives [more…]

Kids’ Food Allergies For Dummies Cheat Sheet (Australia/New Zealand Edition)

Receiving a diagnosis of food allergy for your child may be confusing if you don’t have any sort of medical background. There are allergic reactions to monitor [more…]

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