Maria Monteverde RD CDN. Nutritionist. Schneider Childrens' Hospital. DrMDK.com
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Host: In Medical School, unfortunately, most pediatricians are of my age. They have spent a lot of time in nutrition. So, we have taken up afterwards unfortunately and one of the things that we used to be told, I don't know if it's true, if a kid is heavy at 18 months, does that mean the kid is probably going to be heavy the rest of his life? Maria Monteverde: I don't know. Not necessarily. However, it's still something to be cautious about, at 18 months, if you have a child that is overweight, the American Academy Pediatrics does not recommends weight loss at that time and basically recommends more reinforcement of healthy eating, the juice issue, the high-calorie snacks, whether they are having too much milk. Male Speaker: You have got a very interesting point, not a diet but may be encourage proper eating habits. Maria Monteverde: Exactly, to be preventive, because it is a warning sign that they could be overweight, especially if you look at the family history. However, it is not ascertained, that's it, you are 18 months, you are overweight, you are doomed. That is really just a time to bring in some action, to prevent as much as we can the child from bring overweight as they get older into adolescence and adulthood.