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From North Carolina, USA:

My father was a juvenile diabetic and as an adult became a very brittle diabetic. He died about 25 years ago at the age of 52. At the time I was 11 and shortly thereafter was diagnosed as a borderline diabetic. I was immediately put on an ADA diet and over 1 summer lost weight and my blood sugar returned to normal.

Although my daughter has not had blood sugar problems at her current age of 6, she is overweight and I would like suggestions on an ADA meal plan to control her weight and hopefully save her some health grief. I am interested in the breakdown of total calories/day for a 6 year old who is approximately 65 pounds and 47-48 inches tall.


I can understand your concern and I think wanting your daughter to be free of developing diabetes is a good cause. I cannot recommend a calorie level for your daughter as a lot of information about her body build, her activity, etc., is missing. I would encourage you to cut back on high sugar desserts, pop with caffeine and diet pop, juice and high fat proteins. You do not mention what her activity is like -- if she is not active now, you might start helping her become more active. If you believe she is overeating, seek the advice of a dietitian who works with children for suggestions. Weight loss in this age child can inhibit normal growth and development.


Additional comments from Lois Schmidt Finney, diabetes dietitian:

Excellent question. However, I do not know how active your child is or her growth pattern, so it would be best if you consulted with a dietitian about an appropriate meal plan. I am glad you are trying to prevent future problems. It might be that all that is needed is some small changes in her diet and an increase in activity.


Original posting 29 Oct 1999
Posted to Meal Planning, Food and Diet


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