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When your child refuses to eat the family diet!

Many parents get worried when their child refuses to eat a homemade meal. After trying a couple of times to convince their child to try the home made dishes, many parents get frustrated and annoyed by the fact that their child still refuses to eat. Some children may choose to eat less healthy options such as candies, chocolate, junk food, juices high in sugar and more food elevated in sugar and/or fat.

There are many factors to take into consideration when it comes to this situation. First, it is important to know that your child’s appetite may be reduced if he or she is between two to four years old due to slow growth changes occurring in this period (1). Therefore, it is important to respect your child’s appetite and to give them time to eat their food, although some may not finish their meal. Second, parents can encourage their child to eat vegetables or fruits if they show the example (2). Next, when parents put a lot of pressure on their child to finish their plate, although they have no more appetite, this has a higher risk on making their child being overweight, and in turn, obese. Studies have shown that it is harder for an adult to lose weight if they were overweight or obese during childhood (3). In the long term, your child’s obesity can be lead to diabetes and other chronic health conditions.

Many other environmental factors can have an impact on your child’s appetite such as video games, time spent on TV or even parents’ behavior. It is important to know and understand your child’s needs and desire when it comes to the world of food and nutrition.

There are many solutions to help your child appreciate the family diet such as being efficient role models, enjoy your meals with most family members being together and encourage your child in preparing home dishes. 

Contact your SNC’s Registered Dietitian today for further information and advice to help your child appreciate your family diet with pleasure. Again, take the time and patience to listen to your children since some may be very sensitive and have difficulty expressing their preferred food choices.

Remember to make your child happy when it comes to family meal and eating! –SNC-

References:

  1. http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/grow12yr.html
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18257948
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28336101

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Female Athlete Triad and Diets

When it comes to the world of Sports Nutrition, there is no magical diet or special workout that will help an athlete perform at an optimal level. An adequate and balanced diet is required to enhance athletes performance. Moreover, every diet must be individualized according to every athlete’s needs and to help meet all energy requirements.

It is also very common to see female athletes struggling with their eating habits while performing before, during and/or after their workouts. Some are even disturbed with their body image leading them to develop eating disorders or disordered eating due to a restricted diet and in turn, disrupting their quality of life.

In the long term, a restricted diet will reduce the energy availability that is required to enhance an athletic performance during workouts (1). This energy availability results in a disturbed/negative energy balance. In female athletes, that can also leads to the development of the ‘female athlete triad’, which includes health complications such as disturbed eating patterns as mentioned above, menstrual disorders and low bone mineral density (2).

To help reduce the problems that arise from of an inappropriate diet, contact your SNC’s Registered Dietitian today to help optimize better results when it comes to the World of Sports Nutrition and improve your quality of life!

References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19225360
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28213754

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Impact of Maternal Eating disorders on children development

Although eating disorders are mainly developed during adolescence, it is also another challenging issue in some pregnant and lactating women.

Pregnancy is a very critical period for the fetus development and also the mother’s health. It is very common to see many people suffering from eating disorders such as Anorexia, Bulimia or other eating disorders not specified also suffer from certain nutritional deficiencies (1). Results have shown that some maternal nutritional deficiencies during pregnancy have an impact on a child’s development (2). The outcome on a child’s development may be irreversible in some cases depending on which trimester the mother may suffer from nutritional deficiencies.

Moreover, improper and insufficient nutrition due to eating disorders during pregnancy may also have an impact on the mother’s behavior, which in turn, has a higher risk of affecting mother-child’s relationship (3). Some women suffering from eating disorders even refuse to breastfeed their newborn, although Health Canada recommends pregnant women to breastfeed their baby up to 6 month of age exclusively to help them improve and strengthen their overall health during development and meet their nutritional requirements (4,5). Some pregnant women even develop maternal depression (post-partum depression) due to inadequate nutrition and the possibility of other factors (6).

In the long term, this negative mother-child relationship due to an unbalanced and insufficient nutritious diet during pregnancy and lactation may significantly affect your child’s behavior and cognitive processing, which could result in memory and learning difficulties in schools.

To help overcome this negative outcome on your child’s development, contact your SNC’s Registered Dietitian to help you control your eating patterns with proper coping mechanisms and having a recommended and proper diet. Remember to enjoy every moment of your pregnancy!

References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20413694
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3607807/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28188472
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27889494
  5. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/surveill/nutrition/commun/prenatal/exclusive-exclusif-eng.php
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28012571

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Child’s Obesity leading to an Impact on our Future Economy!

In the past forty years, obesity rates have been tremendously increased worldwide affecting many lives. In 2011, results have shown that one in three American adults (34%) including children (15-20%), in all groups, is considered overweight or obese, regardless the rate is still increasing today (1). Obesity has become the new epidemic sweeping across North America.

Obesity and overweight including lack of physical activity are all linked to a higher risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes (2). Today, it is very common to see adults living with Type 2 diabetes including children.

The elevated amount of time spent on video games and excessive consumption of junk food are the two most important modifiable factors contributing towards our children becoming overweight/obese and in turn, develop a higher risk of Type 2 Diabetes (3). In the long term, obesity will not only have a higher risk of developing Diabetes, but also other chronic health conditions such as heart diseases, certain cancers and other health problems. From a psychological view, children suffering from obesity or overweight tend to have very low self-esteem and confidence compared to healthy body weight pairs (4). Some are even being bullied in schools and stigmatized by classmates and other surroundings due to their body weight. This social impact will in turn, lead them to become more isolated, increasing their chance of developing eating disorders or disordered eating hence impairing their quality of life.

Our future economy is based on our children’s health and environment. If we do not take action today to help improve our children’s health by preventing this outcome, not only our economy, but our overall future generations may be suffering from many irreversible illnesses that even health systems will not be able to afford.

Contact your SNC’s Registered Dietitian today and let your child get the help they need not only to setup nutritional and wellness goals for a lasting lifestyle change, but enjoy their growth in a happy and memorable way. Remember, our Children are our Future! -SNC-

References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3228640/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2807936/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4128935/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4947077/

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