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Protect Your Child's Health Now And In The Future

A 2009 survey found that Generation Z, born between mid-1990 and 2010, will be so good at processing information that they will open doors we can only knock at today. However, this will be the first generation of children to not outlive their parents as a result of our high fat, high sugar, low fiber and sedentary lifestyles that may predispose them to obesity, diabetes and heart disease at an early stage of their life. At Gwinnett Medical Center's Diabetes & Nutrition Education Center, registered dieticians are committed to fighting obesity at every age.

Understanding Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. It occurs when a child is well above the normal weight for his or her age and height. The first step is knowing what a healthy body mass index (BMI) for your daughter or son should be. BMI is determined by your child's height and weight and there are specific guidelines for children.

One of the best strategies to reduce childhood obesity is to improve the diet and exercise habits of your entire family. Treating and preventing childhood obesity helps protect the health of your child now and in the future. To help kids gain a healthy start to life, we have developed a presentation to help parents teach their children about making healthy decisions today that will impact their lives tomorrow.

This informative presentation will educate you on the following:

  • Health problems related to childhood obesity
  • Lifestyle factors affecting your child’s weight
  • How to calculate BMI (Body Mass Index)
  • Meal planning strategies to promote healthy eating for the entire family

The following handouts were referenced in the presentation:

 

At the Diabetes & Nutrition Education Center, registered dietitians can work with you to develop a customize nutrition plan to meet your family's specific needs. Call 678-312-6040 to speak with one of registered dieticians. We have convenient locations in Lawrenceville and Duluth.