Ask The Expert
December 08, 2011
It’s great that you’re working on improving your daughter’s diet! Cutting back on sugared drinks and fried food is a good way to start.
Sugared drinks are the largest source of added sugars in children’s diets. They add many calories, but little or no nutrition. Encourage your daughter to drink water and low-fat milk instead.
Avoid fried foods, as they’re a high source of fat. Show your daughter how to choose healthy snacks instead. Pick fresh fruit instead of french fries; and grilled chicken over fried chicken nuggets.
You’ve made great changes. It’s important that your daughter form her own healthy eating habits, too. It starts at home. Make sure yours has plenty of healthy choices on hand — and encourage those choices! Here’s what the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends:
A healthy weight isn’t just about food choices. Families should strive to live healthy, active lifestyles, too. Some tips:
One out of three U.S. children and teens are obese or overweight. Excess weight can raise their risk for serious diseases, such as heart disease, later on in life. So keep up the good work of improving your daughter’s eating habits. And check in with her doctor from time to time so he or she can monitor her progress.