Tuesday, June 22, 2010

10 Foods That May Cause Your Child to Gain Too Much Weight

Do you know which foods are most likely to cause your child to become overweight or obese? If not, then take a close look at the list below. Foods that are high in sugar and/or fat add huge amounts of excess calories, which could lead to unwanted weight gain. If your child eats too much of these foods, he or she may become overweight or obese. To prevent obesity, offer these foods only occasionally, and in small amounts. Remember, prevention is better than cure.

Here are the' 10 foods to look out for:
  1. Sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages.
  2. Artificially flavored and colored juice drinks, punch or similar beverages
  3. Cakes
  4. Pies
  5. Cookies
  6. Candy
  7. Chips
  8. French fries
  9. Fried chicken
  10. Other fried foods and greasy sauces
If you need help adapting healthier eating habits for your child and the whole family, talk to a registered dietitian. Don't wait until it is too late.

About the Author
Dr. Dorene E. Carter is a registered dietitian and nutrition consultant with over 25 years of experience in teaching, counseling, training, project development and writing. Dr. Carter earned her PhD in nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley and is currently President & CEO of CHANA Project, the Child Health and Nutrition Access Project. 

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The information provided herein is for education and information services only and is not intended as a substitute for proper, personalized medical attention.