Welcome! and Thank you for listening.
I am joined by Addie Dulaney Majnaric, RDN today to discuss childhood obesity. This week is National Childhood Obesity Week.
In contrast to adults, weight is assessed by percentiles of the ratio, weight to height, by age and sex. Greater than the 95th% percentile is considered obese and greater than 85th% is considered overweight.
It is a very important to address childhood obesity in a healthy way in order to decrease the risk of lifestyle diseases associated with being overweight such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, orthopedic complications, and cancer.
Unlike adults, children are still growing and developing. Caloric restriction can be dangerous for growth and development if proper macronutrients and micronutrients are not obtained. Care must also be taken so as to not make a child self-conscious or to develop an abnormal relationship with food.
Addie and I will address healthy positive ways to obtain healthy weights for children.
It is important to set a good example as adults for our children for long term good eating habits and relationships around food and nutrition.
Addie Majnaric, RND works with families through our practice to meet the nutrition goals for all stages of growth and development. You can email her at Addie@doctordulaney.com with questions.
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