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Are Adult Diets OK for Kids, Too?

I've had a lot of success losing weight with a low-carb diet. My daughter is really struggling with her own weight issues. Is it OK to put her on the diet that I'm on?
- Tara

It's great that you've made a commitment to lose weight — and had success with a plan that works for you. But it's not a good idea to put kids on diets that are designed for adults.

Kids have different nutritional needs and they should eat a variety of healthy foods. A well-balanced diet that includes different food groups will help your daughter get all the nutrients she needs.

If you're concerned about your daughter's weight, talk with your doctor, who can determine if she has a weight problem and tailor a plan to meet her specific needs.

And try to make a healthy lifestyle a family affair. Eat family meals together and find activities that all of you can enjoy, from bike rides, to hikes, to pre-meal games of capture the flag. Making good nutrition and regular exercise the norm in your household will help your kids adopt those healthy habits for life.

Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: November 2014