Food To Control Obesity In Your Child

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Food To Control Obesity In Your Child

Vandana Chawla, Nutrition Expert


Sep 19, 2018 | 3 : 00 PM to 4 : 00 PM

During early childhood children tend to eat more of sugary and fat content in their food leading to obesity.  CHAT with our award winning nutritionist Vandana Chawla, and know " Food To Control Obesity In Your Child "



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my daughter is 3.11 years . Her weight is 16 kg. But she is active. Now she is starting talking. H....

my daughter is 3.11 years . Her weight is 16 kg. But she is active. Now she is starting talking. How can gain hee weight.please sugges me.

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Vandana Chawla
Hi Milirani, To help baby gain weight, include high calorie fruits and veggies like, bananas, pears, peaches, sweet potatoes and avocados. Also include whole dairy products, like, cheese, yogurt and add them to all the recipes. Even by adding grains like ragi, oats, wheat flour or dal flour to different foods the calorie content can be increased in a healthy way. an be increased. Add small amount of butter, or olive oil or ghee to make the food tasty plus it gives extra calories. Giving small feeds made of healthy foods and feeding more frequently makes baby eat more amount of food in a day and that helps in healthy weight gain. Lastly try to make the recipes more interesting by offering more of finger foods, offer variety and offer foods in small amounts but serve it more frequently So keep trying these options 2018-09-19 15:03:42
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my daughter is 4 years old.she is 14 kg.she always likes to eat snacks type food.she is not interest....

my daughter is 4 years old.she is 14 kg.she always likes to eat snacks type food.she is not interested in rice n dal .wat will i do?

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Vandana Chawla
Hi Subashree, Kids at this age become very fussy and picky eater. They need variety in food and they want food in an attractive way. Also they prefer small meals not full plate of roti, sabji, dal, rice. Give them small nutrient dense 5-6 meals in a snack form in a day. To improve appetite and develop interest in food,offer more of finger foods, which can be mainly sandwiches cut in different sizes, made with whole wheat Bread, cheese/paneer or veggie sticks or prepare omelet or pancake/paratha with different variations and cut it into different shapes with biscuit cutter. You can make different type of dal chills with veggies added to it. It is as good as giving dal, chapati and sabji but only given in different forms. Offer milk as milk shake, smoothie with many varieties of fruits and veggies. Try to serve foods in an attractive manner. Be patient and offer small amounts in every feed. Avoid giving too many liquid calories like juices. Keep a gap between liquid and solid feeds. Lastly do not force-feed as this is a very sensitive age, baby may develop a dislike or hatred for food. 2018-09-19 15:06:46
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Hii my Son is 8 year old and he has Epilepsy in control now taking Sodium Valporate 300mg twice a da....

Hii my Son is 8 year old and he has Epilepsy in control now taking Sodium Valporate 300mg twice a day, but we are concerned about his weight he is 44kg now, he eat normal home cooked food, rice, dal, fruits, curds, milk etc, and physical activity is less, he goes to play with his friends evryday, and kick boxing class weekly thrice, what can i do to make him loose weight?

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Vandana Chawla
Dear Shreelakshmi, Medication plus lack of activity can be the cause of overweight. Do not worry. With healthy eating and with increase in activity this can be brought under control. Follow simple tips given below- • Replace your child’s sugar-sweetened drinks, such as juice and soda, for water or low-fat or nonfat milk. • Make sure that your child eats a healthy breakfast. A morning meal with whole grains like ragi, oats, daliya and protein, like egg, home-made paneer will keep him feel full so he won’t overeat later in the day. • No use of refined grains like white bread etc. • Try not to eat at restaurants or fast food joints more than once a week. • Buy more fruits, veggies and other healthy snacks and fewer chips, cookies, and candy. If these high-calorie foods aren’t around, your kids can’t eat them.. • Keep a check on portion sizes. Large plates and glasses encourage eating more, so make them small. • Avoid adding sugar/honey/jaggery. • Give small frequent meals and nutreint dense meals.e.g. handful of nuts and seed mixture is a good in-between meal snack . Discourage your child from having sugary cereals. Many a times we think cereals are healthy but most of them are loaded with sugar. Learn to read the labels before buying any food. Any term in the ingredient list ending with "ose" , like sucrose, dextrose etc means it has sugar in it. Sugar more than 6g/serving is not advisable. Try giving more of home made foods as this way you can have control over sugar and fat content. Lastly, no eating in front of TV. Regarding activity, check with your doctor , which activity he can perform and which sports he should avoid. Enrol him some classes of his choice, this way his confidence will build up plus he will be more active. never ever say or tell him that he is Fat or use any such terms. 2018-09-19 15:15:32
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What s t meaning f longitudinal lie breech presentation

What s t meaning f longitudinal lie breech presentation

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Vandana Chawla
Hi Smitha, Its a Scientific term used to describe the position of the baby in the mother's uterus. In ongitudinal lie breech presentation, baby's feet & toes are closer to the cervix and the head is upward. Normally before delivery many babies change position, due to which the head comes down or closer to cervix, but in some cases baby does not change position. In this case, during delivery the legs and feet come out first. This is also fine, not to worry as most breech babies are born healthy. Rest you can consult with your doctor and go for regular examinations and checkups. 2018-09-19 15:24:42
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My son vaibav is 3 and half years going pre kg, he is having his food correctly and having fruits fo....

My son vaibav is 3 and half years going pre kg, he is having his food correctly and having fruits for snack, in between he is often asking for potato chips if no he is crying

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Hi bala Srinivasan, Giving snacks like potato chips occasionally is fine. But do not make it a habit and do not replace it with healthy foods.When he has sudden craving for chips means his body is asking for salty food, plus his tongue is asking for something crunchy, offer him a handful of nuts and seed mix and tell him chips are finished. Do not keep such type of snacks at home. Or else you can make some baked chips at home with ragi/ whole wheat tortilla. Just make thin chapati like tortillas , cut them into triangles, drizzle some olive oil on top and bake them. Serve it with some healthy dips like yogurt cheese dip or pureed carrot and sweet potato dip or just some olive oil dip. This will be a tasty healthy snack and quite similar to potato chips. Potato chips available in market are rich in trans fats and loaded with salt and these are the main culprits for causing ill -health and weight gain. Also Frozen fries available in market under different brands are equally bad, so do not use them to replace it with potato chips. 2018-09-19 15:43:56

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