More than 35 million youth, aged 5 to 18 years old, in the United States play organized sports. Surprisingly, data to guide nutritional recommendations for child and adolescent athletes are not readily available. Some of these youth not only have the nutrient needs for appropriate growth and development but also to manage their weight and/or a chronic disease. In this article, 2 cases from a Family Medicine Nutrition clinic are presented to highlight nutrition issues faced by these youth.
Case studies and some solid advice for dealing with physically active young people who have weight problems
Kay Craven, MPH, RD, LDN, CDE, is an instructor in Family Medicine teaching nutrition to medical students, primary care residents, practicing physicians, and other healthcare providers. She has an active dietetics and diabetes education practice in family medicine.
Susan Keen, MD, is from the Department of Family Medicine, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. She is a physician and clinical assistant professor in family medicine. She has a special interest in pediatrics and cares for many preteen and teenage athletes in her clinical practice.
Kathryn M. Kolasa, PhD, RD, LDN, is professor emeritus at the Departments of Family Medicine and of Pediatrics, Brody School of Medicine. She is a contributing clinical nutrition editor for Nutrition Today.
The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.
Correspondence: Kathryn M. Kolasa, PhD, RD, LDN, Mailstop 654, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858 (email@example.com).