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Healthy Eating for Children
A "diet" for weight loss is not recommended for children. In fact, if you have read Why Diets Fail, you know that so-called "diets" aren't really good for anyone. With a "diet", withholding food may make your child always think about food and cause overeating when food is available. Dieting can also create a fear of going hungry that results in sneaking or hiding food.
Healthy eating means offering kids meals that include a variety of foods like whole grains, lean meats, vegetables, fruits and low-fat dairy products. Even sweets in moderation, can have a place in a healthy diet.
Working with your child's healthy diet includes knowing if your child is at a healthy weight.