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Parenting Ideas by Linda

Linda - our New England immigrant - never has anything that catches her off-guard.
Now she is the person everybody in these parts calls whenever they have problem.

Her column is updated every day or thereabouts, so check back often for new secrets and tips.

Teens And Diets

The problem with many diets is their effects tend to be temporary and often result in increased weight.

In one study*, a group of 7,500 dieters put on an average of over 20 pounds in the following 15 years.

The risks for dieting teens includes not just putting them at greater risk of gaining weight, but also, at the other extreme, developing an eating disorder, such as anorexia and bulimia.

Good Parenting Action Points:

  • Educate yourself and your kids as to what constitute good nutritional habits.

  • If your teen has a weight problem consult a registered Dietician or other nutritional professional. If this is not possible your pediatrician should be able to help.
  • --- *American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1999

    Do you have Parenting ideas or secrets to share or have a question?

    You can Write to Linda!.

    Include your first initial and last name and put the word PARENTING in the subject.

    I'll try to use your contribution in a future column.

    (Please note that these columns are written several weeks in advance so publishing it will be delayed accordingly.)

    Hope this helps tame some of your day-to-day little beasties.


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