Obesity prevention

An Unconventional Way to Educate Kids About Nutrition (and Why it Works)

July 2, 2015
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It was Sunday morning and Big A pointed out that she was going to have dessert three times that day. First was cake at church to celebrate her first communion, second was a birthday party and third was dinner at Granny’s. In a very serious tone she said, “Granny always has dessert.” I could have […]

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5 Obstacles That Keep Parents from Raising Intuitive Eaters

June 1, 2015
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Long before having children, I knew I wanted to raise not just a healthy eater, but an intuitive one. A child, turned adult, who uses internal cues to guide eating and chooses healthy food as much for pleasure as for health. What I didn’t expect was the difficulties that would arise on this journey. But […]

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5 Lessons I Vow to Teach My Children About Weight and Body Shape

March 19, 2015
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I pick my kids up from school and in the car my typically quiet son informs me that eating too much ice cream makes you fat. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing so I started to ask some questions. I discovered that this was his takeaway from a nutrition lesson at school. I feel […]

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Why Controlling Feeding Practices Are So Hard To Break

March 4, 2015
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A parent emails me about her frustration with dinner. She used to make her son eat vegetables to get dessert. Now that she’s no longer using this tactic, he’s stopped eating any vegetables. She’s tempted to go back to her old way of feeding. I talk to an acquaintance about her recent unwanted weight gain. […]

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Transform Your Relationship with Food by Doing This One Simple Thing

October 14, 2014
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There’s a package of chocolate chip cookies sitting on the table at work. Six different people have six different thoughts about it. Person A, who is trying to avoid gluten to lose weight, thinks of how every food on earth must have gluten. Person B, who is watching fat, tries to guess how many grams […]

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Got a Food-Obsessed Kid? Research Warns: Don’t Restrict Them

April 29, 2014
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Last week, the New York Times ran an article about the Lure of Forbidden Food.  It’s a topic I know all too well because I regularly get questions like this in my email: “We have a toddler who is absolutely amazing, but has an insatiable appetite and who I fear is addicted to food.” “My […]

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End Mealtime Battles Forever with These 5 Simple Words

May 17, 2013
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It’s dinnertime and my 4 year old son is deep in play. When I announce that dinner is ready he makes his own announcement: “I don’t want to eat, Mommy.” I tell him 5 words that avoid the food battle that he wants me to engage in: “You don’t have to eat.” This is the […]

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6 Parenting Practices that Make For Healthy Kids

January 25, 2013
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When you think of raising healthy children, nutritious meals often come to mind. But there is a lot going on behind the scenes that can increase the chances of raising a healthy child. In fact, parenting practices, the things we do day in and day out, have a huge impact on the healthy choices our […]

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Every Parent’s Worst Fear About Feeding Children (And How to Calm It)

November 9, 2012
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When children don’t eat the way we want them to, parents feel compelled to intervene. After all, it’s better to do something than nothing, right? But once we do interfere, it’s hard to stop. I call it the If I Don’t Syndrome. If I don’t keep Sally from eating cookies, she will eat the whole […]

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5 Unexpected Food Lessons Halloween Can Teach Your Child

October 26, 2012
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It’s that time of year when parents have the candy conversation. Yes, it’s the talk about whether to limit sweets during Halloween, use a switch witch, go with healthier items or just allow free-for-all consumption. Instead of dreading this holiday, I use it as a teaching tool. When sweets are everywhere, it’s the perfect time […]

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