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How to Address Your Concerns about Your Childs Weight

In today’s video, you will learn how to address your concerns about your child’s weight. I’m Shani Mara Breiter, Registered Dietician. Specializing in helping families, kids and teens. Welcome to Yummy TV, the place to be to create a healthy lifestyle that you and your family will love. I have helped hundreds of families just like yours, and I can help you too. Subscribe to my channel below, and go to my website at to get great tips that you won’t find anywhere else.

Now, let’s talk about the matter at hand. You’re concerned about your child’s weight, and you don’t know how to address it. The reason you might feel concerned is because number one, you went to a pediatric appointment recently, and the Pediatrician expressed concern about the growth chart. Or, maybe your child, you recently went clothes shopping and there was a challenge because your child did not like how they were feeling in their clothes. Or, maybe they’re comparing themselves to their friends.

Another reason why this might be a concern to you is that you’re noticing eating habits, you’re noticing cravings, and you’re noticing portion size concerns with your child at home. All these are very, very valid.

Here is the challenge in addressing it with your child. If you talk directly to your child about this, you could actually create negative feelings within your child about their body that can ultimately lead to disordered eating. And, emotional challenges, which is something that we definitely want to avoid. The key here instead, is to make this a family affair and to begin to address this without even talking to your child about it. Again, it starts with you.

Here is what you don’t want to do with your child in this situation. You do not want to talk to them about their weight, or their body. You want to make sure that your spouse, that their siblings, and grandparents, that nobody talks about their weight or their body image in any way. The reason is because again, this can really affect them during their lifetime, and we want to avoid that like the plague. That’s number one.

Number two is, do not put your child on a diet. Don’t talk about diet, don’t buy diet foods, don’t do anything like that. Number three is, don’t compare them to others. To your sibling, to yourself, to anything like that. Those are the three things not to do.

Here is what you do want to do. You want to have healthy foods available at home, both for meals, and for snacks. That’s number one. Number two is, you want to provide healthy balanced meals for dinner especially, but also for breakfast and for lunch. I do talk about this a bit in other videos, so check it out. Number three is, you want to provide family sit down meals, where you can provide the balance, and you can plate it in the kitchen. Number four, is that you want to model healthy habits around food for your kids, so that they can see because they’re going to watch you. They watch everything that you do. Lastly, if you really feel like you need help, then get some professional help so that you can really zero in on the challenges that you’re having, a make a quick shift so that the stress dissipates, and it doesn’t create a problem moving forward.

Remember, healthy family nutrition starts with you, and not with your kids. If you liked this video, please subscribe below. And, also go to my website at, and sign up so that you an get great tips that you won’t find anywhere else. Thank you so much for being here today, you are the best part of Yummy TV. See you in the next video.


The #1 Challenge with Kids Nutrition Today

In today’s video, you will learn the number one challenge in kids’ nutrition today and how to change it. Please stay til the end. I’d love you to get these great tips that you can apply immediately.

Hi. I’m Shani Mara Breiter, dietician. Welcome to Yummy TV, the place to be to create a healthy lifestyle that you and your family will love. Consider me like your family dietician, for you, your kids, and your teens. I have helped hundreds of families just like yours learn about nutrition in a healthy, doable, and yummy way.

Subscribe to my channel and go to my website at where you will get great tips that you won’t find anywhere else. Now, before we begin, remember that healthy nutrition starts with you rather than your kids and you can begin to make healthy lifestyle changes for your family without even talking to your kids about it yet.

The question for the day: can you guess what the number one challenge in kids’ nutrition today is? Do you have any idea? Because I see it all the time in my practice. Any ideas at all? Well, the answer is the carbohydrate load that the average kid diet has on a daily basis. What do I actually mean by that? Carbohydrates are foods that have some form of food sugar in them. Carbohydrates are very important. We must have carbohydrates. They’re important to a balanced meal. However, many times multiple carbohydrates can appear in meals including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. My recommendation is to begin to balance meals and snacks rather than give so many carbohydrates at one meal.

Carbohydrates are food that, again, have some form of food sugar. An example of them would be all fruits, for example. Whether it’s fresh fruit or dried fruit or frozen fruit or fruit juice. There all have some sort of fruit sugar called fructose in them. Another category would be grains. Grains include bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, chips, crackers, cookies, all those kinds of things, any sort of grain or starch. The next category is dairy, in particular milk and yogurt. Many times yogurts have added sugar into them.

Next category are sugary beverages. Those are really to just drink because they’re yummy and kids like them, but keep in mind that is a liquid form of carbohydrate. Then, you have just … you know, sweets that kids like. You also have sweeteners, whether it’s granulated sugar, evaporated cane juice, honey, molasses, maple syrup, date sugar, coconut sugar, whatever the source is. They’re all carbohydrates. The key is to balance the meals and to not give so many carbohydrates at one meal.

Reason why you wanna balance meals, rather than having such carb-heavy meals and snacks, is because it can actually affect your kids’ health, and here’s how. Number one, it can cause them to crave more and more carbohydrates. I don’t know if you’ve seen that with your kids, but the more carbohydrates they have, the more they want more. It can also affect their energy. It can affect their mood, and it can also cause some sort of weight related issue if that is at all a concern for you. It does behoove you to begin to balance meals.

Now, let’s take each meal and break it down. Let’s take … let’s start with breakfast. An example of a carbohydrate-heavy breakfast could be a bagel with fruit juice and fruit and yogurt that is flavored with some granola on top. Every item in that breakfast is a carbohydrate. An example of a more balanced breakfast would be eggs with some fruits and maybe some avocado along with the eggs and a piece of toast. What you’re doing is you’re cutting back on the amount of carbohydrates that you’re serving. That’s breakfast.

Let’s move on to lunch. An example of a carbohydrate-heavy lunch could be a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with some fruit and, say, a cookie and some sort of chip or cracker. If you notice every single item there has a carbohydrate as opposed to doing a lunch that say is a sandwich with some sort of protein in it such as turkey or maybe sliced chicken and then you do a serving of vegetables and little bit of fruit. Maybe a couple times a week you give some sort of sweet, but you do a small amount, like maybe a Hershey’s kiss or something like that because kids do need to be kids and have something fun to eat. That gives you an example of the difference.

Now, let’s look at afternoon snack. Here’s an average example that I hear. It could be some sort of corn puff, like Pirate’s Booty, or it could be a potato chip along with some fruit. Again, it’s two carbohydrates. Or it could be leftovers, such as leftover pasta, something like that. My suggestion, instead, would be to balance it. Have one carbohydrate with, say, a protein or a fat such as fruit with some nut butter, or fruits with some nuts or some cheese, or many some guacamole dipped in some carrots. It’s a balance, so that rather than giving two carbohydrates, you’re giving one carbohydrate.

Now, let’s look at dinner. An example of a typical dinner could be a bowl of pasta maybe with a few carrot sticks on the end. That plate is not very balanced. What I might suggest you do, is rather than a whole plate of pasta, do a quarter plate of pasta with a quarter plate of some sort of protein, whether it’s chicken, fish, meat, eggs, something like that, and then fill up the other part of the plate, the other half of the plate with vegetables. It could be cooked, raw vegetables, a combination, and that way you get more of a balance and you’re not giving such a heavy carb load to your children. Those are examples of meals and snacks and how to make the changes. I hope that this is helpful for you.

This does take pre-planning on your part, but balanced nutrition for your kids is so worth it, so I recommend you take the time and begin to do it. Also remember that healthy nutrition starts with you and not with your kids.

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