Dieting Children, Cooking Light and News Round-Up

by Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD on April 4, 2012

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I’m sure that by now you’ve heard of the Weight Watchers article in the April edition of Vogue where a mom puts her 7-year-old on a strict diet – and landed a book deal for her effort! Reading this article not only saddened me but reminded me how much “feeding education” there is to do. I posted the 5 things I want that mom (and Vogue readers) to know about children and dieting over at Web MD’s Real Life Nutrition. Don’t miss it!

Cooking Light: I’m partnering with Cooking Light to bring great recipes and healthy meal ideas to you. I love their philosophy and how they maximize nutrition and flavor. I plan to post links twice a month and they are going to feature Raise Healthy Eaters on their site. My weekly meal plans will be back in June when I’m finished writing Fearless Feeding. Here is the latest from Cooking Light:

Strawberries: From salsa to strawberry shortcake, find 14 ways to enjoy this irresistible fruit this season.

Asparagus Recipes: Don’t miss out on all the ways to enjoy one of spring’s brightest stars.

Artichoke Recipes: From creamy dips to tasty pasta dishes, find some of our favorite recipes for globe and baby artichokes.

Don’t miss Easter and Passover meal planning ideas! Happy Spring!

News Update: Because I’ve been so busy writing, I’m a bit behind on the latest nutrition news. Yonni Freedhoff, an obesity doctor and longtime blogger, does a great job boiling down the news reports about claims that all red meat is bad and that chocolate is good for weight. He cuts to the “meat” and moves beyond the media hype.

In other news, Janet Helm discusses the new meat labeling requirements that have taken effect, including the requirement of nutrition labels on ground meat and posted nutrition info for other products.

Well, that’s it for now. I have a great giveaway planned soon so stay tuned!

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Kathy April 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I don’t think Cooking Light is a very good partner for nutrition. They are still on the antiquated “fat-is-bad” road, and try to “lighten” everything. They include a lot of trashy carbs (as opposed to healthful carbs) in their recipes. You should partner with “The Bood Sugar Solution” instead. This is a source with an avalanche of scientific evidence to back it up, and a large amount of solid, delicious information on food.


Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD April 4, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Thanks for your comment. Actually, Cooking Light has changed it’s stance on total fat and no longer puts a focus on it. Instead they try to incorporate healthy fats, which is what I do in my own cooking


Gina May 27, 2012 at 11:30 am

Maryann – Catching up on my blog reading today and I’m so happy to see this news that you’re partnering with Cooking Light. They have come a long way in their philosophy and this is just another sign of their commitment to healthy eating (vs the old “dieting” model).

I’m looking forward to what you’ll share over there! Keep us posted.


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