By Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD and Tamiko Morgan, M.D., FAAP
Childhood nutrition has taken the spotlight recently, especially due to the fact that childhood obesity has at least tripled in the past three decades. Many parents are seeking answers to the questions “What should my child eat? How much? Why?”
Although we are currently living in the “information age,” information overload has caused some parents to be confused, making it challenging for them to understand good nutritional recommendations. In this column, we will attempt to summarize some basic recommendations regarding childhood nutrition. Continue Reading →
There is no shortage of sweet treats on Halloween, which can often be a nightmare for parents of constant bargaining with their kids about how much candy they can consume. Instead of dreading the season, use it as an opportunity to teach your children about leading a healthy lifestyle. Here are some tips to encourage families to talk about healthy eating and candy’s role in their diets.
Before the day of trick-or-treating, discuss with your kids the quantity and frequency they can consume their sweets and where they will be stored, so there are no surprises on Halloween. Having your kids help set the candy parameters will teach them about portion control and how to incorporate treats into their everyday lives. Perhaps they can have a few extra sweets on Halloween but are limited to three pieces of candy each following day — and only after they’ve finished a nutritious meal. You can even divide the candy into portioned bags so it’s clear what your kids are allowed to eat. Continue Reading →