Weight Loss for Kids

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Linda Michaelis RD, MS says summer can be a great time to get your overweight child started on a healthy eating regimen. Linda works with many families in the greater San Leandro area to set up a fun and enjoyable food plan.

Many of the families that Linda works with have health insurance that covers nutritional counselling for children. Her website lists insurances that cover weight loss.

Linda takes families to the supermarket of their choice and shows them the best, tasty meals and snacks for children. She teaches the family how to read the food label for the important nutrition facts such as protein, fiber, fat and sugar.

Linda is adamanat that moms and dads support their child in an exercise program for the summer. It can simply be taking the child to the nearby school and having them run the track or power walking for a few loops.

Mom and dad must participate in the healthy eating program with their child so that they will not feel singled out. The home should be stocked with healthy foods along with 100 calorie treats that can be served after lunch and after dinner.

Linda assists families in learning how to order healthy entrees in their favorite restaurants. In addition, she shows families recipes that contain veggies that children enjoy. She likes to see families go to a farmer's market once a week and orient the child to all the fruits and veggies of the season.

She also stresses the importance of the child to participate in making healthy recipes that they will be proud of.

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Leah Hall June 13, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Very cool. As Linda's practice shows, health and wellness is a family affair. As my soulmate and I continue to read up on nutrition, one of the things we are confronted with is how much the deck is stacked against us in the name of corporate profits. It could easily take a consultant like Linda or a college degree to take in current information that parents need in order for their families to thrive. We are grateful than our community leaders and voters have had the vision to initiate such things as the park and field improvements near our public schools. Not a day goes by when we don't see them overflowing with games and practices. The farmer's markets are also an important amenity. Parent/family wellness education, bike and pedestrian friendly infrastructure, and diverse /family focused/ offerings for year round exercise and outdoor play are things we should all advocate for the health of our entire community.
Carol Parker June 13, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Interesting link on Mother Jones about processed foods and how our food choices have changed over time. http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2012/06/american-diet-one-chart
Leah Hall June 14, 2012 at 02:59 PM
"Childhood obesity linked to poorer academic performance Study finds lack of social acceptance may affect test scores" --The Bay Citizen 6/14 "Obese children face risks to their emotional and social well-being that can harm their academic performance, new research suggests." http://www.baycitizen.org/health/story/study-links-childhood-obesity-poorer/?utm_source=Newsletters&utm_campaign=204f04a774-June_14_Daily_Newsletter&utm_medium=email&mc_cid=204f04a774&mc_eid=bc4f1c7480
David June 14, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Yes, because nearly no one without a college degree knows that eating donuts and drinking full-calorie soda for breakfast, a big mac for lunch and pizza & ice cream for dinner might not be the healthiest diet. Where would we be without a college degree in, say, English lit or architecture to lead us to better nutrition and healthier habits as if you have to take a single nutrition class to satisfy those degree requirements? How can we live without "community leaders" and other busybodies telling us what to eat and when/how to exercise? For heaven's sake, here's a nickel, buy some common sense.
Craig Williams June 14, 2012 at 03:24 PM
HBO series on the Weight of the Nation very good.
Leah Hall June 14, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Carol, thank you for sharing! It's news like this that inform my deep skeptism of chains like the new "Fresh and Easy" planned for downtown San Leandro in the near future. The profit motive for "bait and switch" is enormous and I'm sure the bean counters and shelf designers know all to well where to place all the high profit food items (processed, nutrition poor, long shelf life) for maximum effect. Remember when we learned (in the late 70's I seem to recall) that grocery chains placed all the sugary kids cereals at kid eye height and reach)? There is so much "theatre" and "staging" that goes on behind the curtain in grocery layout and that really hasn't changed that much over the decades. All the processed foods front and center. Sugar, check. Fat, check. Salt, check. All perishable "real" food at the ends and far corners of the store. Add to that pricing incentives and confusing/infuriating labels and nutrition info. It's no wonder we all need a professional consultant to help us sort out the mess.
Leah Hall June 14, 2012 at 03:28 PM
And everything Michael Pollan and Alice Waters, my heroes! ;-)
Fran June 14, 2012 at 03:32 PM
He was on KQED's "Fresh Air" last week. http://www.npr.org/2012/06/07/154504565/assessing-consumer-concerns-about-the-meat-industry He's a great food writer.
David June 14, 2012 at 03:38 PM
And in the '70's, about 10% of kids were overweight and 3% obese, compared to about 40%/15% now. Perhaps all that food marketing you're whining about has absolutely nothing to do with higher %ages of overweight kids now. Perhaps it has something to do with other changes in demographics and culture. Now what could that be...
Leah Hall June 14, 2012 at 04:12 PM
I strongly agree with the point that there are several factors contributing to our current obesity epidemic. My comments simply reflect my own frustration as a parent. My soulmate and I often compare the current mess to being in a battle against the food industry in particular as well as other agencies. One low point in particular was a day about 4 years ago when we decided to try to understand the label on a Trader Joe's cereal marketed towards kids. We had been buying it for a couple of years because my daughter liked it and it "seemed" healthy. The front of the box read "Whole grain, natural, etc., etc," What we learned was that the sugar to grain ratio was exactly opposite to our "adult" cereal. This simple fact had been masked pretty skillfully in the labeling. It took us an excessively long time to compare apples with apples because of a couple of factors (different serving sizes, several different sweeteners). The "deception/masking" really angered us both, no joke. Happily, Lord Pollan is making a small dent in our consumer awareness, even with my daughter who really resents the lack of sugar and processed foods at home and in her school lunches. "Don't buy anything with ingredients listed that a third grader can't pronounce" is a Pollan quote that even she repeats and appreciates.
David June 14, 2012 at 04:16 PM
you have a quarter-acre lot. Send your kid outside, lock the door and make her run. Doesn't matter what you eat if you're running 10 miles/day. I used to eat a dozen donuts after running 20ish miles.
Leah Hall June 14, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Amazing, Forever 21. My daughter doesn't appreciate our 1/4 acre lot...she is an only child and it gets a bit boring for a 12 year old out there. I don't believe it's healthy to keep kids on "lock down" but sadly that is what many families do because they don't feel safe letting there kids be free to run and bike in their own neighborhoods. We have the resources to keep my daughter busy in organized sports. She loves soccer and basketball. We feel quite lucky that we can support her in this way by helping referee games and pay for sports camps and things of that nature.
David June 14, 2012 at 04:39 PM
So go outside and chase her around.
Leah Hall June 14, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Thanks for reminding me, "we" do that too. ;-) Thank goodness for sporty-good-hearted-dads!
Dan Arnhem June 16, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Got to agree with David on this one. Just how lost are we as a nation. Forty and fifty years ago, simple housewives, with high school diplomas, were able to feed and raise children without 40% of them becoming fat or obese. Now, we have registered dietitians, and also in this Patch we see a "precision nutrition lean eating coach and certified trainer". We grew up with no need for either of these services. Have we really become that dumb and helpless. So clueless we can't figure out a simple healthy eating plan. Exactly what has happened in the last 40 to 50 years that made current mothers and fathers so clueless? This is not rocket science. Grandma kept it all in her head. Ask yourself a simple question. What is my family eating that isn't good? Cut that stuff by 50% over time. What is my family eating that is good? Keep eating that stuff. What aren't we eating that we should? Start eating that stuff over time. Example, Fresh vegetables... Start eating more Example, Coke, fake juice drinks.... begin to buy and drink less. Give it 6 months to a year and see what happens. BTW, start walking and playing more outdoors. Hint-- If its sold in a 7-11, don't eat or drink it more than once a week.
Leah Hall June 16, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Problem is, it's not simply 7-11. It's virtually every grocery store as well. I do agree with you point about fresh food. Here's the same idea in less words: "Eat real food. Mostly plants. Not too much." - Michael Pollan "Five ingredients or less" - Michael Pollen "...and look for foods high in protein" - Sex, Genes and Rock and Roll I find it really helpful to have a subsciption CSA box which delivers local organic and seasonal produce once a week. Cool thing is I don't even have to deal with the grocery chains, the processed foods, and my daughter's begging for unhealthy food items.
Dan Arnhem June 17, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Agree, every store has more poor choices than good choices. Michael Pollan gives a reader simple valuable direction. A easy and inexpensive book (any of his books). Contrast that with what you see in the shopping carts as they leave the supermarket. I am always amazed that the body can actually process what I see in most carts. The liquid sugary drinks alone are something to behold. I was in the Southshore Alameda Safeway and amazed at the soda/drink section. Long aisles stacked 5 to 6 shelves high. I stepped it off to see exactly how many feet of soda there was. Turns out there was 960 feet of single shelf space. (not counting the juice and juice "drink" section. By contrast, the Traders Joes next door had only 60 feet of shelf space. Parents buy the food.
Leah Hall June 17, 2012 at 06:58 PM
It is pretty scary trying to eat healthy out there. Try to buy a processed food that does not have added sugar in any of its forms (cane syrup, sucrose, corn syrup, cane juice, etc). It is almost impossible. Health marketed foods can be just as bad actors. Take any cereal in a box and perform the calculation (grams sugar*4)/(total calories in a serving) . This is the fraction of calories from sugar Adult oriented healthy cereals have typically 17% sugars. Lucky charms is 34% sugars. Interestingly, Cheerios weighs in at 4% and corn flakes at 11%. Corporate America can make healthier food than those alternative labels when it wants too. High fiber cereals typically have high sugar content to counteract the blandness from the fiber. It makes me angry though to have to watch out for the people who market their food as healthy when it is not that much different than everything else out there.
David June 17, 2012 at 07:03 PM
That's why you should eat bacon for breakfast.
Leah Hall June 17, 2012 at 07:04 PM
My calculations were done soley from the "Nutrition Facts" box on the side of 5 boxes of cereal. Sugar-doped cereals that derive more than 20% of their calories from sugar should probably be regulated out of existence.
Leah Hall June 17, 2012 at 07:17 PM
And on the subject of Bacon. Perform the calculation (grams protein*4)/(total calories in serving). Cheerios comes in at 12%, corn flakes at 7.5%, and Kashi Go lean, 37%. Bacon is 27% protein. There is nutritional research out there that says we will eat until we get 300 calories/75 grams of protein (2000 calorie diet). It appears our bodies can recognize they have had enough protein and thus switch off appetite. Sugar appears to bypass all the bodies appetite regulation systems and thus you can consume that big gulp without ever feeling full. So by eating a reasonable amount of bacon and your cholesterol etc is not an issue, you might be avoiding overeating due to consuming enough protein daily. Just a conjecture on my part though.
Leah Hall June 17, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Although for the good of the planet, eat your Cheerios in the morning with some rice and beans in the evening and you will probably be far healthier than if you ate a ton of bacon in the morning. This will satisy the protein craving without the bad side effects. The way we raise pigs is pretty abominable.
David June 17, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Leah, why do you hate freedom so?
David June 17, 2012 at 07:29 PM
If God didn't mean for us to eat pigs, he wouldn't have made them so tasty and versatile.
Leah Hall June 17, 2012 at 07:49 PM
"Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess." - Oscar Wilde
David June 17, 2012 at 07:57 PM
"I can resist everything but temptation."
Leah Hall June 17, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Indeed. ;-)
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