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July 2010 • 6
A Note from the Medical Editor
Unless you’ve been totally out of the loop, it’s likely you’ve heard about the childhood obesity epidemic. Nearly 1 in 3 children in America is overweight or obese. It’s talked about on television, radio, the Internet, and in books, newspapers, and magazines. Yet, with all this focus on kids being overweight and obese, many parents are still confused, especially when it comes to what kids eat. How much does my child need? Are we eating the right foods? How can we make good choices?
Whether you have toddlers or teens, what they eat is important to both their physical and mental development. I hope the information below will help you navigate world of healthy eating. If you are concerned about your child's eating habits, talk with your pediatriican.
~Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP
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