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Knowledgebase : Health Management for Kids
Research shows that the longer a child remains obese, the more likely he will be an obese adult. That's why it is important to encourage parents to work as a team with their child to establish healthy eating habits and exercise routines for the whole family. Obese children should not be on diets that restrict calories. The child's meals should be similar to their family's meals. The family should center eating on whole grain products, a variety of vegetables and fruits and serve lower fat meats and dairy products more often. Above all, encourage the family to focus on establishing lifelong healthy eating and exercise habits, rather than achieving a certain weight or body shape. Like adults, healthy children come in various shapes and sizes. A child should not be placed on a weight-loss diet.
Persons with eating disorders often have an intense fear of weight gain and are usually obsessed with food, weight, dieting and possibly exercise. Other warning signs include:excessive concern about weight,frequent weighing,feeling fat when not overweight,unusual eating habits or rituals,obsession with food, calories, recipes,restricting food choices to "diet" foods. Other signs are depression and irritability,guilt or shame about eating, noticeable weight loss and frequent weight fluctuations. Irregular menstruation or loss of periods, evidence of vomiting(recession of gums, erosion of teeth enamel). Eating disorders are not just about food, shape or weight. Individuals with eating disorders often have low self-esteem, and feelings of inadequacy. Individuals struggling with anorexia nervosa will deliberately starve themselves. They deny hunger and refuse to eat or eat very small portions. People struggling with bulimia will binge eat and then try to purge the food through vomiting, laxative use, or excessive exercise as a way to control weight gain. If you suspect a child you know has an eating disorder, speak with their parent and recommend that they see their family doctor who may refer them to a hospital dietitian specializing in eating disorders.

It depends on the age of the child. For teenagers it goes by body weight; 60kg (132 pounds) or less - 300mg per day (or less than a single soft gel), if more than 60kg it is 500mg per day (one softgel). They should also take it in the morning.

As part of healthy growth and development, children's body weight and shape are continually changing. Since children grow and develop at different rates, it is difficult to pinpoint a particular healthy weight for children. There are growth charts for children where weight and height are plotted against a standard according to age. These charts are not recommendations, but simply indicate where a child falls compared to other children.
Both children and adults should always strive to eat a healthy diet, full of various different naturally colorful vegetables and fruits. A nutritional supplement should be taken to improve the overall value of the diet, not to replace the necessity of healthy dietary choices. In our hectic lifestyle many people cannot, or do not make the healthiest choices, a basic nutritional supplement targeted towards children's increased nutritional needs makes good nutritional "insurance."
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