Childhood Nutrition

August 29, 2015

Childhood Nutrition: What They Eat Matters Now and Later

August 30, 2015

Our kids are overweight and they’re growing up to be overweight adults. Poor eating habits that begin in childhood are having a lasting impact on health and quality of life. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Science Center Family Medicine expert Dr. Amber Cook talks about the lasting impact of childhood nutrition.


  1. Nutrition affects us all, but why does what a child eats now matter later?
  2. Obesity has become epidemic in American children leading to all sorts of problems. Discuss the short-term and long-term effects of a poor diet that leads to obesity in children.
  3. There is research that says that poor eating habits can begin in infancy. Arterial plaque is now being found in very young children. is this totally attributable to the types of food our children eat or is something else at work?
  4. What are some foods that children should avoid and why?
  5. What advice do you have for parents to help their children with healthy food choices that they will actually eat?
  6. We hear a lot about the food pyramid, but do you have any specific recommendations for a healthy diet plan that parents can provide for their children?
  7. Some health issues can be attributed to a genetic predisposition -- such as heart disease and diabetes? Can a genetic predisposition for disease be curbed or delayed by following a healthy diet?
  8. If there is a family history of heart disease or other potentially life-threatening conditions, how early should children be screened?
  9. How important is it for parents to find a medical home for their kids in order to identify any potential problems early?

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