Dr. Mersch received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego, and prior to entering the University Of Southern California School Of Medicine, was a graduate student (attaining PhD candidate status) in Experimental Pathology at USC. He attended internship and residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
Toddlers eat because they are hungry and it is fun. Eliminate either of these and an unnecessary battle between toddler and parents may ensue.
Children less than 2 years of age have no restrictions on fat/cholesterol intake. Those
over 2 years of age should participate in the heart healthy diet that their parents (hopefully) follow. As such, parents should lead by example.
Poor nutrition is brought upon by excessive sugar ingestion, foods high in fat/cholesterol, empty calories (for
example, high fructose corn syrup), trans fats, and excessive salt intake.
Food protein allergy may be severe, moderate, or mild in manifestation.
Food allergies may be evaluated by either blood tests or scratch tests of the skin.
Davis, M.M., B. Grace-Cleveland, S. Hassink, R. Johnson, G. Paradis, and K. Resnicow. "Recommendations for the Prevention of Childhood Obesity." Pediatrics 120 (2007): S229-S253.