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More and more families are managing the challenge of having one child who is overweight and one child who is struggling to gain. Many factors can contribute to this discrepancy, including individual genetic factors that affect metabolism, medications that may suppress appetite (i.e. ADD/ADHD medications), disordered eating or an underlying medical disorder that is affecting the body’s ability to absorb or process food and nutrients.
If you are trying to help one child gain weight but another child lose weight, it is still important to feed the entire family the same meals, rather than cooking a different meal for each person. This prevents any child from feeling favored or punished. However, here are some other strategies that can help you provide for children who have different nutritional needs:
Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters
By Jill Castle & Maryann Jacobsen
Great recipes and information about how to incorporate fruits and vegetables into daily meals
How to Avoid Portion-Size Pitfalls
Confused about portion sizes? Play the CDC’s portion control game.
Provides a tailored explanation of how to balance your meals and includes an interactive game for kids.
This national education program is designed for parents and caregivers to help children 8-13 years old maintain a healthy weight. Families Finding the Balance: A Parent Handbook offers easy-to-use, practical tips and tools to help children and families eat healthy, increase physical activity and decrease screen time.
Hillary Lockemer, MD, is a pediatric endocrinologist with WakeMed Physician Practices – Children’s Endocrinology & Diabetes. Parul Kharod is a clinical dietitian at WakeMed Cary Hospital.
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