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Childhood Diet, Weight & Obesity

 Childhood Body Mass Index Introduction
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides an introduction to the meaning of Body Mass Index (BMI) and includes links to a BMI calculator that works for children and teens. Parents can determine if their children are overweight, underweight or just right based on age, weight, and height.

 Body Mass Index Calculator
Direct link to the Centers for Disease Control's Body Mass Index Calculator for children and teens.

One of the most interesting, reputable, and complete weight-related sites on the web, offered by About.com, a part of the New York Times company.  Depending on your child's age, you can look things up for your own information or introduce your child to the site for them to use.  Here you can join discussions about exercise, losing or gaining weight, recipes, food choice and preparation tips, and more.  All these tools are available just by visiting the site.  If you want more, you can create a free account and then track your weight on-line, post questions to other members, and get direct help and support - whatever your weight and health goals.

 Recipe Analyzer
An extraordinary tool from Calorie-Count (see above) that lets you enter essentially any food or even any complete recipe you're going to make.  You'll almost instantly get back a detailed Nutrition Facts Label (just like you see on every product in the grocery store) for your food item or recipe - including calories, fats, sodium, carbohydrates, etc.  A great way to get a handle on exactly what you eat!

 Food & Fitness Calculators and Planner   New
Two calculators and a planner from WebMD.  One calculator  lets you find the caloric and nutritional makeup of many foods - including by brand and/or restaurant.  The other calculator allows you to determine calories burned for any of hundreds of daily activities.  There is also a Planner that lets you enter age, weight, etc and your goals and get specific recommendations for activities, meals, and lifestyle changes.


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