Por­tion sizes im­por­tant fac­tor in child­hood obe­sity

Cape Breton Post - - FOODFOCUS - BY JUDY CREIGHTON

foods and de­ter­mined ap­pro­pri­ate serv­ing sizes us­ing this traf­fic light sys­tem.

The book in­cludes kid-and par­ent-friendly nu­tri­tious but tasty recipes for ev­ery­thing from soup to desserts.

Ac­cord­ing to Statis­tics Canada, 26 per cent of Cana­dian chil­dren be­tween the ages of two and 19 are over­weight or obese.

Dol­goff ’s nutri­tion plan is a re­sult of her re­search into kids’ di­ets and into what hasn’t worked and what does, she says.

“Chil­dren are not just small adults. Their bodies are chang­ing and they have dif­fer­ent types of needs, so it’s a real mis­take to try to treat a child in any as­pect of medicine the same way you treat an adult,” she ex­plains.

Dol­goff rec­om­mends chil­dren should get the nu­tri­ents they need to grow strong healthy bodies.

“Most of my pa­tients tend to be in the nine-to-11 age range which I did not an­tic­i­pate, but maybe that’s the time when par­ents start to re­al­ize the baby fat isn’t go­ing away and it’s not cute any­more.”

To learn more www.Dr­Dol­goff.com.

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