Childhood Obesity and Nutrition

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Children and teens need the right fuel for growing, learning and developing. This means foods and beverages with plenty of nutrients and not too many calories, fats or sugars. Dr. Edward Hill looks at childhood nutritional needs in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The childhood obesity epidemic in America has reached alarming levels. While many of our children are eating too much of many unhealthy foods, at the same time they are missing out on many of the key nutrients they need for optimal growth and development.

With a few strategies, parents can help kids meet their nutritional needs, which will support their growth and encourage healthy body weights as their minds and bodies grow.

Smart snacking: Healthy snacks can help pack extra nutrients into your childrens daily eating habits that they might be missing at meals.

Avoid liquid calories: Sugary beverages are often loaded with calories and have few nutrients. Encourage children to drink water, low- or fat-free milk or 100% fruit juices rather than soda, fruit drinks or other sugary beverages.

Protein: With the ability to provide energy, support growth and repair muscles and other body tissues, protein should be included in each of your meals, and

Fill up with fruit: Fruit and 100 percent fruit juices provide fiber, nutrients and antioxidants.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.