Health Watch - A Good Start: Childhood Obesity
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But obesity isn’t inevitable. Cindy Cunningham, a nutrition expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says even people who may be genetically predisposed to obesity can avoid weight gain with proper diet and exercise. She says parents should start early to prevent obesity — while their children are infants. She recommends breast feeding and then introducing solid foods at 4 to 6 months. Learn to recognize when your child really is hungry, and don’t use food as a pacifier.
Visit http://www.utsouthwestern.org/nutrition to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in nutrition.
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