Good Health for African American Kids with Barbara Dixon

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Barbara Dixon, nutritionist and African-American author, will be discussing the unique health concerns for African-American children.

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Moderator: Why should parents be concerned about the nutritional health of their children?

Moderator: What are your recommendations for parents who have children who are "picky" eaters?

Moderator: What can parents do to assist their children in weight management?

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Moderator: Welcome to WebMD Live. Today we are discussing Good Health for African American Kids with Barbara Dixon, R.D., L.D.N.

Moderator: Barbara Dixon is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist and member of the American, Louisiana and Baton Rouge Dietetic Associations. She is also a member of the National Organization of Blacks in Dietetics and Nutrition, The International Society for Hypertension in Blacks and the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Mrs. Dixon is a content Spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association and expert on African American diet, nutrition and health. Dixon is a nutrition consultant for Kellogg Company and McDonald's Corporation.

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Moderator: Barbara, welcome to WebMD Live.

Moderator: {question presented} You have written a book, Good Health for African American Kids... what prompted you to write a book specifically targeting this group's health issues?

Dixon: I wrote this book as a result of questions that I received while on tour for my first book, Good Health for African-Americans . I received a good deal from African-American parents. I also recognized that health and nutrition issues prevalent in the African-American community had not been explored sufficiently in the past with answers sufficiently available.

Moderator: {question presented} You are a nutritionist, yet your book clearly addresses health and disease issues in children... how were your insights regarding the issues different from that of a physician?

Dixon: I would hope that more physicians are as concerned about the whole person as I; that is, not only emphasizing the prevention of disease and management, but also encouraging patients to make changes in their overall lifestyle practices, which include dietary modifications. Nutrition research today is providing physicians with new insight on the relationship between nutrients, food and health. I wouldn't say my approach is any different from a physician's, but I'd hope that more physicians today recognize that nutrition and improving those practices is just as important as the whole disease management practice.

Moderator: {question presented} Do African American children have health issues that are different from Caucasian (white) children or other ethnic groups?

Dixon: Obviously there are going to be some diseases that are more prevalent, such as sickle-cell anemia... which is not as common in Caucasian. But many of the health issues are the same. Diagnoses and treatment of diseases in African-American children affect their overall prognosis. There are several factors that are influences in this population; environment, diet, availability of quality health care, as well as genetics. But knowledge regarding health issues and prevention is crucial; there is consistently a lack of information and research specifically targeting this group. This is the reason why I wrote the book and thought it was important.

Moderator: {question presented} Could you give us a brief overview about the contents of the book?

Dixon: It was written in 1996, and one thing I appreciate is that its a great reference book; it contains 400 pages, and there are a number of chapters which cover a lot of various subject matters such as nutrition in health issues and pregnancy, how to feed children from infancy to adolescence, stress, obesity, fitness issues, common childhood ailments and diseases... so there's a variety of subject matter, and obviously coming from when and before a child is created; the health of a mother during pregnancy carried all the way through the growth pattern, adolescence, and adulthood.