Deborah De Santis-Moniaci Ph.D. Assistant Director, Kids Weight Down Program Clinical Psychology. Maimonides Infants & Children's Hospital of Brooklyn
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Host: Obesity doesn't start you just woke up and you are overweight. Sometimes it starts the first year of life. Do you have any suggestions to a new mother who is trying to do a good job to prevent an overweight infant, any ideas? Deborah De Santis: I think as a recent mom myself, you do have anxieties about is my child eating enough? Look at your child, look at your child's signals, your child will tell you, your baby will tell you when they are done eating. They turn their head, they close their mouth, don't force them beyond that. If your child is gaining weight appropriately, your pediatrician is not concerned, don't be concerned. If your child is at 45 percentile and they are always at the 45 percentile, that's fine, even if -- the fifth percentile and they stay the fifth percentile and your pediatrician is not worried, don't be. You don't need to force your child to eat more than they need to. Host: Sometimes a low calorie diet is the best treatment. Female Speaker: Absolutely. We always say, food is a great way you show someone you love them but there are many other ways you can show them that you love them too. Take your kids out, they want to spend time with you. Host: So the Ped says the kid is growing about the same percentile each month he is happy, if it drops off, that's a different problem or the worst case scenario he is at the 50 percentile and suddenly goes to 75 and then at 90 would be the highest thing to saying, red flag, you should sit down and be honest and discuss with your pediatrician. Deborah De Santis: Absolutely, absolutely.