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family meals don’t matter? not so fast!

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in Blog Posts | 4 comments

Food for Thought: Do Family Meals Really Make a Difference for Child Academics or Behavior? This and other recent articles and editorials based on a recent study are suggesting that family meals don’t really matter as much as we think. From the NYT editorial, “So if you aren’t able to make the family meal happen on a regular basis, don’t beat yourself up: just find another way to connect with your kids.” Hmmm, this caught my attention. From the Food for thought article...

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Olympics grab-bag: gender stereotypes, eating disorders, ignoring your body…

Posted by on Jul 31, 2012 in Blog Posts | 24 comments

By the middle of the opening ceremonies of the Olympics,  the most celebrated accomplishment seemed to be when the teen girl in the pop music montage triumphantly changed her status from “single” to “in a relationship.” Sigh. With all the talk about “inspiring the next generation of athletes,” I practically guffawed. As a mom of a girl, I consume media with a much more critical eye, particularly with her sitting next to me. (I know mothers of boys are also...

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Picky eaters: born or made? Both!

Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in Blog Posts | 12 comments

This seems to be a hot topic  these days. Are picky eaters born or made? I say both. The author of a post writes, “Cue the chorus of angels singing. It’s not my fault.” Well, it’s not your fault. But… Based on my reading and work with families struggling with picky eaters, even “feeding clinic failures,” I also see many parents unwittingly doing a lot that slows the process of learning to like new foods down. I refer to these as “counterproductive...

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I’m in People Magazine…

Posted by on Jul 10, 2012 in Blog Posts | 6 comments

Well, sort of.  I wrote to the editor and it’s in the latest People with Katie and Tom on the cover. Here is what I said, “As a family doctor and specialist working with feeding and eating disorders, I was thrilled to see a dose of reality with the dietitian recommending that Khloe Kardashian, Stacy Kiebler and Maria Menounos increase their intake by 500 to 800 calories a day. I’m thankful that People pointed out that the way Hollywood eats isn’t necessarily healthy and...

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Pouches and Squeezies: nice option or enabling counterproductive feeding?

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in Blog Posts | 17 comments

I was shocked at Target recently when I saw that fully half of the baby foods section was taken up by pouches or “squeezies.” (This recent NYT article details their meteoric growth, convenience  factor, and why they may be problematic…) I had first seen these about ten years in France. (Can you believe a convenience food that wasn’t invented in the U.S.!?) My nieces would get a pouch packed in the picnic lunch or on the bike ride. It was not a food consumed at home. It...

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