NMP#44: Creating Healthy Families with Dr. Julia Nordgren

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If you know a child that is dealing with weight, it is important to  have resources to help. That’s one reason I reached out to Dr. Julia Nordgren, a pediatrician and professionally-trained chef, to talk about Creating Healthy Families. If you enjoy learning about healthy, creative living, you’ve come to the right place. You will love my discussion with Dreena Burton on Plant-Based Families. Or how about upping your activities by taking a walk and listening to Ella Magers talking about Getting Fit!

Dr. Julia Nordgren of the blog Dr. Julia Cooks is a pediatrician and professionally-trained chef and she's on the Namely Marly Podcast talking about Creating Healthy Families. If you know a child who is dealing with weight issues, the entire family can learn ideas and strategies for improved health in today's show.

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Creating Healthy Families

Today I’m talking with Dr. Julia Nordgren, she’s both a pediatrician and a professionally trained chef. I met her last year at the IACP conference and really enjoyed talking with her because of her passion for children and healthy eating.

Look, we all know the statistics. The percentage of kids with obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s. Today, around 1 in 5 kids is obese.

Why does this matter? Because children who are obese are at higher risks for other chronic diseases such as asthma, type II diabetes, and even heart disease.

In addition, we know that obese children are teased a lot. That means they have a tendency to suffer from feeling isolated which can lead to things like depression.

Also, children who are obese have a higher risk of being obese as adults.

It’s an important topic. And it’s one that can be so difficult for parents. Because once your child has developed a weight problem, what can you do? How do you create a dialogue about eating so that your child doesn’t develop unhealthy attitudes about food?

As I mention in the interview, I was the chubby child and all my siblings were naturally skinny, at least when they were kids. So I guess I’m very personably invested in this discussion and helping parents find ways to talk to their children about food.

Dr. Nordgren is not vegan or vegetarian, but you know, that’s the case for a lot of people, right? I mean, there are only around 3% of adults in the U.S. that are vegetarian. It sure feels like that number is growing, just based on anecdotal evidence, but this is what the data show. And I do not choose to live my life inside of a bubble, only taking advice and expertise from other vegetarians or vegans.

So I’m happy to have Julia on the show to talk about children and families and obesity and healthy diets. She offers a lot of great tips to help busy families including more nutrition in their day-to-day lives.

Some of it is just cutting through our daily habits, including staying active and making healthy choices.

Our goal at Namely Marly is to provide you with inspiring resources to take on a vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, and inspired, energetic life. We hope today’s interview about creating healthy families has been helpful and informative.

Go be your best you!

This Creating Healthy Families episode includes references to some resources you might find interesting. Here they are:


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