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ACTIVE CHILD MAY NEED TWICE THE CALORIES OF AN ADULT

Wonder why your child eats all the time? Here's an answer from pediatrician Ronald Kleinman of Massachusetts General Hospital:

"Most parents would be surprised to know that, for a child who is extremely active, daily caloric needs, pound for pound, can be as high as twice that of an adult."Kleinman notes that many children pick at dinner, only to eat a large snack later. Not to worry, he says, as long as the child is not obese and the snack is relatively healthy. Crackers and milk, for example.

If a young child eats basically just one food, such as macaroni and cheese, Kleinman says, time will probably take care of the problem. "There's only so much of that food he or she can eat. Just make sure a variety of interesting foods are always readily available, and you will find your child will soon make other choices."