Avoid Atkins for your kids?

(May 4, 2004) — (Little Rock-AP) -- An Arkansas Children's Hospital dietitian is warning parents not to put their children on low-carbohydrate diets like the Atkins plan. Lisa Emmert says low-carb diets could effect the schoolwork of children under age 18 and may even stunt their growth. Emmert says she is worried that parents may put their children on the popular diet when the state starts sending home students' Body Mass Index values on report cards. She said children may not get all the vitamins and minerals and fiber they need on the Atkins plan. Emmert recommends that parents look at the type of carbohydrates that their children eat. She said instead of cutting them all, children should choose high fiber carbohydrates as an alternative to refined carbohydrates that include sugary foods and beverages.