The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that about one in five school-aged children is obese. This staggering number is about triple what it was in the 1970’s. Keeping your child healthy and active is an important part of establishing a healthy and active lifestyle later in life. Find out the answers to some questions helpful in guiding your child’s nutrition, keeping their weight at a healthy level, and feeding them good, healthy foods with Dr. Linda Neely-Shelmire at Good Health Pediatrics in Friendswood, TX.
I think my child weighs too much. Now what?
Your first step should be to consult with your child’s pediatrician who will take into account their growth and development history to determine if the child is, in fact, overweight. Your doctor can work with you to ensure that your child receives a balanced, healthy, and nutrient-rich diet. In addition to a meal plan, plenty of exercise and activity is also important to a healthy lifestyle.
When should my child eat snacks?
Children generally want to eat more frequently than adults. Offering a snack in between meals can help prevent overeating and ensure that your child’s diet remains well-rounded. Try to offer healthy, light foods like toast with peanut butter or fruit slices with yogurt. If the next meal is within a two-hour time-frame, offer a smaller snack like a piece of fruit or some crackers.
How much juice should my child have a day?
Juice is not necessary to a healthy diet and, on the contrary, is an easy way for your child to take in calories without filling up their stomach. Though offering juice is not necessary to a nutritious diet, those juices you do offer should be 100% juice and offered in small quantities. Always give juice after you offer food to ensure that your child does not get used to drinking juice instead of eating food.
Children’s Nutrition in Friendswood, TX
Your child’s nutrition is crucial to their wellbeing. If you are concerned about your child’s eating habits or want to make sure they are on a good, well-balanced diet, consult with your child’s Good Health Pediatrics pediatrician.
For more information on children’s nutrition, please contact Dr. Linda Neely-Shelmire at Good Health Pediatrics in Friendswood, TX. Call (281) 534-9355 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Neely-Shelmire today!