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My child can live off of bean and cheese burritos if I allowed her to. She loves fruits and vegetables but Im concerned that her intake of pinto/peruvian beans may lead to obesity. She's currently 14yrs old, 5'0, 106lbs and has Down Syndrome.

Hello there! 

Having picky eaters in a family can be a challenge when you are trying to make sure they are eating healthy.  You should be happy that your daughter is choosing healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and even beans!  Beans are a good source of protein and a good source of fiber.  The fiber will help her stay full and the protein is good for her muscles.  Her love of cheese and bean burritos can be a good thing...but I bet it could be even better!

My daughter's father doesn't eat 'regular' food and its starting to make my daughter become more and more picky when it comes to what she eats. What can I make so that she'll actually eat and enjoy it.

Thank you for your question! Picky eating can occur throughout many stages- from toddlers to teens. It’s wonderful that you have your daughter’s health in mind so let’s take a look at a few resources that might be helpful for you:

Try finding easy cooking tasks your daughter can do by herself. Cooking the foods herself might make her more interested in eating them.

·        Depending on how old your child is:

How can I feed my 14 year old son? The only thing he likes to eat is chicken breast and fish (tilapia). He has black spots under his eyes.

Thank you for your question! It sounds like your son eats a limited diet and you're concerned with how it may affect his health. Picky eating is common among toddlers and children, but your adolescent can be equally as fussy when it comes to food. Your son might be picky because he wants to control what he does or does not eat, or he is becoming more independent and has reasons why he will or won't eat certain foods.

Hello, I have kids of 2, 6, and 9 years old. I would like to make healthy food for them, what advice can you give me? Thank you.

First off give yourself a pat on the back for wanting to provide healthy meals and snacks for your family! Nutrition is very important especially for the growing children in our lives. By introducing healthy eating habits early on in your children’s lives it sets them up for success when working towards a healthy lifestyle. I have a few great recommendations for how to make healthy eating fun for the entire family.

My daughter is 12, has Autism and is overweight. How can I get her on the right path to foods that are good for her versus the fast food her grandparents feed her? My daughter is willing to change. We just need to know how to start.

The best way to get your daughter on the right path is for you to decide what food your child is offered. Stand strong and stick with your authority, especially with the grandparents. Ask them to respect your food choices for your child. The best nutrition goal for your daughter is to learn to eat your family’s food and enjoy family mealtime. Make meal times a priority by setting a positive example with your family and take time to fully enjoy your food. Eating too fast or when your attention is elsewhere may lead to over eating.  

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