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High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is also known as corn syrup, isoglucose and fructose on package labels and has been undergoing scrutiny for the last several years.
Back in the '80s when the low fat craze started, HFCS began to be added to everything as a relatively easy way to add flavor and moisture to lower-fat products. Seemed like a great idea at the time. Corn is in abundance in the United States and corn syrup is cheap and easy to add
Everybody goes through puberty whether they want to or not and most kids weather the changes and adjustments quite well. One of the changes has to do with weight.
In the year or so before puberty kicks in, many kids get a little roun, especially their faces and bellies. This can cause worry for parents and children alike. Most often I encounter this concern as I am pulled aside in the hallway as I am about to enter the exam room to see an 11-
A reader asks: Our son is getting some pressure from his soccer coaches to add weight. He's been doing some supervised work in the weight room, but his body is naturally tall and thin. He's up to 6' 1" now, but I think he's lucky if he tops out at 140 lbs. His soccer coach has suggested that he go on a regiment of protein drinks. We are wary about giving him supplements but at that same time we recognize there are more pressures on the kids
Posted by: drmolly in obesity, nutrition, diet, calories on
May 17, 2009
Running a marathon was the final challenge this week on "The Biggest Loser." Amazingly, all four of the final contestants finished it and what an accomplishment that was! What I love about "The Biggest Loser" is that in addition to showing the contestants exercising like crazy, they also emphasize the fact that diet is at least as important to achieve weight loss.
Most adults, when faced with the need to lose weight, start exercising.
Posted by: drmolly in website information, prevention, picky eater, nutrition, injury, illness, growth, food, feeding, exercise, development, calories, behavior, autism, attention on
Mar 15, 2009
As the techno-geek doctor I am, I love to offer families good Web-based resources for information. I have chosen the following sites because they are reliable, readable and useful. Enjoy surfing!
Nutrition and healthy eating information can be found on the FDA's new and improved nutrition site. You can learn about portion sizes, amounts of different foods your child needs, as well as strategies to help your underweight or overweight child.
Posted by: drmolly in short, picky eater, nutrition, kidney, hormone, height, growth, glomerulonephritis, genetic testing, feeding, development, calories on
Mar 10, 2009
Lots of kids are short. Let's face it, lots of adults are short and the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Short parents are going to have short kids and tall parents will have tall kids, by and large. There are times, though, when tall parents or even average parents have shorter than expected children and these kids garner a lot of attention, especially if they are boys.
Short stature can present in a variety of ways. Some children are
"Please honey, just one bite."
"You loved this yesterday!"
"If you don't eat your broccoli, there's no dessert."
"How about something else? Want some mac and cheese instead?"
"You aren't leaving the table until you have finished your chicken."
Sound familiar? Lots of kids starting as young as 12 months of age assert their opinions about food and often to their parents' chagrin. I see picky eaters all the time, and as a matter of fact, it is so