16 Surprising Ways You're Making Your Kid Fat

Heavy kids are tipping the scales at alarming weights. Here's how you might be adding to their pudge without even knowing it (17 Photos)

Holly Pevzner on Jan 19, 2012 at 5:31PM

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a Holly Pevzner on Jan 17, 2012 at 11:31AM

"As a pediatrician, I’m constantly asked at what age a child should be introduced to juice. A child should be introduced to juice in the same way he or she is introduced to chocolate -- as late as possible, in small doses and as a treat," says Joanna Dolgoff, M.D., a child obesity specialist and author of Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right. "Juice is loaded with calories and sugar and it's certainly not as healthy as a piece of fruit." Moreover, daily juice-drinking sets your little one up to crave sweet drinks like soda -- and research has linked regular soda consumption to an increased Body Mass Index. Stick to the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics: less than 6 ounces of juice a day for children under age 6.

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