Food for Thought

For advice on how to feed children from infancy through adolescence, including feeding the sick child, avoiding eating disorders, childhood obesity or poor growth, you can't go wrong with How To Get Your Kid to Eat ... But Not Too Much by Ellyn Satter.

"Dietitians recommend this book to other dietitians. That's how well-respected Ellyn Satter is," says St. Louis Children's Hospital pediatric dietitian Marilyn Tanner, MHS, RD. "I also recommend her comprehensive book to parents looking for guidance on feeding their children. Not only is this an excellent source of nutritional information, but it fosters loving relationships between parents and children."

Follow the advice in Satter's book, and bid good-bye to mealtime struggles, Tanner says. In a chapter called "Pressure Doesn't Work," Satter illustrates why forcing food backfires. The chapter "Nutritional Tactics for Preventing Food Fights" focuses on how to make age-appropriate food choices, how meals and snacks can work hand-in-hand and how to set reasonable goals. Chapters on eating disorders and feeding children with special needs can alleviate parental fears and provide solutions to difficult problems.

"Parents have said they recognized themselves and their own family dynamics in several chapters of this book. Because they could identify with what Satter was saying," Tanner reports, "they were more likely to take the book's advice and make some adjustments toward healthier behaviors."

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