With America's growing weight problems have come a slew of weight-loss plans and fad diets. From low-fat to low-carb and liquid to food combining, there's a diet out there that covers just about every gimmick and angle. While many may be good for some short-term weight loss, most popular diets lack one critical element for long-term success — balance. The best way to ensure that your child has the tools to develop healthy eating strategies to last a lifetime is to get professional nutritional counseling from a registered dietitian.

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