Calories and Fat: Burning Them Takes a Ton of Work

calories and fat

Dear Mr. Dad: My husband and teenage son are both overweight. I’ve been trying to get them to cut back on the junk they eat, but telling them about calories and fat doesn’t have any effect. Is there some other way to get through to them?

A: My youngest daughter and I recently stopped into an IHOP. We hadn’t been there for a while so I was surprised to see that each menu item included calories and fat grams. The numbers were so huge—in some cases a single dish included several weeks’ worth of saturated fats—that I immediately lost my appetite and had nothing but ice water (my daughter, however, thoroughly enjoyed her pancakes and scrambled eggs). On the way out, I asked the manager whether business had taken a hit since putting calories and fat information on the menu. Not in the slightest.

I started looking into this and discovered the problem:  Most people don’t pay attention to calories and fat numbers because they simply have no idea how much of either they’re supposed to be getting every day—or how much is too much. No wonder you can’t turn on the TV or read a newspaper without hearing about the epidemic of obesity.
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Food Allergies and Intolerance + Food Addiction + Potty Training + Food Fights

Guest 1: Alexandra Anca, author of The Food Allergy Health and Diet Guide .
Topic: Managing food allergies and intolerances by eliminating common allergens and gluten.
Issues: Identifying the most common allergens; finding out for sure whether you have an allergy/intolerance; strategies for living with food allergies; preparing healthy, delicious allergen-free meals.


Guest 2: David Kessler, author of Your Food is Fooling You.<
Topic: How your brain is hijacked by sugar, fat, and salt.
Issues: Why we overeat; why it’s so hard to stop; how we can break the cycle once and for all; additional pressured by teens; helping teens stay away from potentially lifelong bad habits.


Guest 3: Preston Smith, author of The Potty Trainer.
Topic: The ultimate guide to potty training your child.
Issues: When to start potty training; how to do it; the importance of parents staying engaged in the process; the increasing number of post-potty-training issues such as bedwetting, daytime accidents, etc; when a toilet-related issue warrants a trip to the pediatrician.


Guest 4: Laura Jana, author of Food Fights .
Topic: Winning the nutritional challenges of parenthood armed with insight, humor, and a bottle of ketchup.
Issues: How to pick your battles and arm yourself accordingly; tv dinners, fast foods and other nutritional minefields; the 5-second rule; influences of family, friends, and others.

Healthy Eating for the Teenage Athlete

All teens (and the parents who feed them) should be pay attention to what they eat. But that’s especially important when that teenager is an athlete.  In this guest post, Arica Wright talks about essential eating for teen athletes and those who love them.

 

Athletic teenagers don’t always make the best choices when it comes to choosing what to eat. Sometimes this is due to a lack of knowledge, convenience, availability of healthy food options or what tastes good. Teen athletes need extra calories for not only their sport, but also to fuel their growth. Without the correct nutrition, the athlete may not perform optimally, have enough energy to get through their practice or game and may end up causing growth or health problems.

Calorie and Nutritional Requirements

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