Abraham Jelin MD, Pediatric Gastroenterology discusses obesity in children.
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Male Speaker: Dr. Jelin we see a lot of kids today under a year and they seem to be very large is that a problem? Dr. Abraham Jelin: I think that kids under year I'm not as worry. It's the kids who are school age kids, who are very much overweight, we're worrying about. Male Speaker: But if bad habits happen early they can carry on the rest of your life term. Dr. Abraham Jelin: One of the important lessons that really parents have learn, the kids I think already know it, is to allow their kids to regulate their own intake. So one of the beauties of breast milk in that child stops feeding when he is ready. And we have no idea how much he's eaten or drank. On the other hand if we bottle feed, we say oh finish that last ounce, finish that last ounce and what we do is train our kids to eat more because you want them to clean their plate or to empty the bottle. I think that you want the kids and what I usually tell parents is always put half an ounce more in the bottle then your child usually finishes. That way he can tell you when he is finished and you need to listen to his cues. Male Speaker: So we clear culture is never use food as a reward, and never use food as a management if you're a good parent, because the kid is gaining by the growth calculations we do properly that's the best reward for parasitism. Dr. Abraham Jelin: That's correct. I mean one has to remove all the extra attention we give to food. Food is a natural, eating is a natural phenomenon, eating most people know how to regulate themselves and we have to encourage that self regulation. Male Speaker: So, good diet and good habits early may help against obesity.