Children NEED higher fat diets for development.
They use fats more for that massive growth percentages, unlike adults who use more glucose for energy. But cholesterol levels are measured in good and bad cholesterol and children should not have high bad cholesterol.
Steak and hamburger at that age?? Reconsider your diet for them...They can still have high cholesterol based on their body weight.
I came back to edit this....
I cut and paste this from www.healthatoz.com
Cholesterol levels for children are not evaluated by the same criteria as those for adults. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, the following cholesterol levels apply for children between 2 to 19 years old.
Total Cholesterol Less than 170 is Desirable
170-199 is Borderline
200 or more Associated with Higher Risk
LDL Cholesterol Less than 110 is Desirable
110-129 is Borderline
130 or more Associated with Higher Risk
Find out if the LDL is high too...or just the overall level.
Most of the cholesterol in your body you create, not ingest. Saturated fat causes your body to creat more bad cholesterol (LDL). You can ingest fats without saturated fat. Higher fiber diets cause you to create more good cholesterol...Your cholesterol levels are reduced by creating more good cholesterols (HDL).
She is right about hereditary traits
Some people naturally produce more bad cholesterol than others...
Cut back on hamburger, sausage, hotdogs (all are just ground fat and YUKKY stuff) bacon, and butter.......know what you are feeding your children. Occassional steak...not often. Lots of chicken and turkey. Try egg beaters for scrambled eggs....they are amazing. Ground turkey is ok...but still fatty. If you need ground meat, boil the fat out after you cook it. the fat will rise up and drain off easily. Switch your pasta to the high fiber low carb pasta. You won't notice the taste at all....but it take a few more minutes to cook because it doesn't get mushy. Cut back on sweets and replace it with raisins and fruit. Get creative wil slipping fruit and veggies into everything. Use applesauce more....Cheerios of every variety in the cupboard for snacks.
NO FAST FOOD!!!!
Make sure they have GOOD omega oils and fats...
At the supermarket the Fish counter can be expensive....but if you can get your kids turned on to salmon....its an amazingly balanced food.
Use I can't believe its not butter in cooking and on toast and veggies...
They still get fat, but not saturated fat.
Read the labels!!
They still need fat.
Don't cut out all their fat by any means....but definately increase their fiber intake and lower the saturated fat a little....Their bodies will create more of the good cholesterol and HDL will actually help to eliminate the LDL in your body.
So its not so much getting rid of the LDL...but increasing your production of HDL.
Diet (not weight loss diet, just healthy high fiber diet), excersise and good habits keep the LDL down.
Well...you can't make a child that age excersise...but when they eat better, they become more active naturally.
Make sure they are not exposed to cigarette smoke. Smoking and second hand smoke is proven to inhibit the production of good cholesterols.
Do some reading online for pediatric diets....get some good ideas. But don't cave and give them hotdogs just because they whine and won't eat what you gave them. trust me....hungry children will eat spinach and brussel sprouts (both very healthy). You don't have to be extreme....but make some subtle changes.
High overall cholesterol so young is saying they are producing to much from their liver....and probably have hereditary cholesterol issues.
They better learn young to eat right....it will follow them all through life.