How to help an overweight child

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How to help an overweight child

When I have an overweight child that's referred to me, I first looked in the context of the whole family so I believe that a child is not doing this on their own. The whole family needs to work together. Every family is very different so the first thing I look at is what the whole family is eating so I have family still out food records and I look and see what their patterns are like, what they're eating for meals and snacks and after that and we’ve talked about what their patterns are like, what their foods and their drinks, their activity habits then I come up with the plan and we developed the plan together. I actually like to have the kids help me with the plan and sometimes it involves trying new fruits and vegetables and adding different types of foods to their diet and I never put a kid on an actual diet but it’s more of a lifestyle change and then we come up with the plan, usually it involves meals and snacks and recipes and more activity and making it fun and I have the kids help in the planning and the cooking and the shopping with the parents and then we implement the plan. They come back and they follow up with me. We do some weight checks and the families are usually very successful and even with kids, we’re not necessarily always looking at weight loss a lot of the times with kids. It’s weight maintenance while they grow and then they're really starting to slim out.
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Nicole Meadow, MPN, RD

Pediatric Dietitian

Nicole Meadow, MPN, RD is the founder of NutritionWise, a nutrition consulting practice based in Los Angeles.  She enjoys working with clients in all ages and stages of the lifespan and has specialized training in working with children and families. As a trusted partner who works closely with her clients and their physicians, she specializes in medical nutrition-related issues including food allergies, diabetes (type I, II and gestational), overweight/obesity, celiac disease, feeding disorders, failure to thrive, cardiac disease, eating disorders, and others.  Nicole’s approach and philosophy are based on a client-centered model.  She looks at each client on an individual basis and develops their plan according to their specific needs.  Nicole works with her clients to develop realistic and attainable goals. 

Prior to opening her private practice, she practiced as a clinical dietitian at the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (outpatient clinics, school-based clinics, community education), at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.  

In addition to her clinical work, Nicole publishes her own newsletter, NutritionWise Monthly. She has contributed to numerous publications and websites including Healthy Child Healthy World, Breezy Mama, Parenting, The Bump, ICAN (Infant, Child and Adolescent Nutrition- a professional publication) and is a frequent speaker to local schools, corporations and the community at large. Nicole has also provided consulting services to several national food and beverage companies.  She is the founder of the San Fernando Valley Family Food Allergy Support Group and is on the medical advisory board for the Celiac Disease Foundation. 

Nicole received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts Degree in Preventive Nutrition from the University of Southern California. She then completed the Dietetic Internship program at California State University Northridge.


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