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Focus on nutrition and active lifestyle to help children establish healthy habits

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Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 11:33 am

My professional organization, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, has just announced its first-ever Kids Eat Right month. The goal is to focus on the importance of healthy nutrition and active lifestyle for children and families. Establishing these habits early in life increases the chances of turning around the staggering epidemic of early onset obesity and the diseases that follow.

It was estimated by the 1999-2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) that more than half of obese children are insulin resistant, and that leads to serious health consequences such as diabetes, high triglyceride levels and fatty liver. Many American children between the ages of 2 and 11 do not meet the minimum recommendations for the fruit, vegetable, whole grain or dairy food groups and exceed those for total fat, saturated fat, sugar and sodium.

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