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Feeding kids with confidence: Episode 54

Food Bullying Podcast

Release Date: 07/30/2020

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Food shaming puts undue stress on parents, especially as kids go back to school.  Our guest, Amy Reed, is a pediatric dietitian who is teaching parents how to advocate for the needs of their kids.  Whether your child is labeled as a “picky eater” or has significant challenges receiving nutrition, parents who aren’t confident in what they feed their kids are susceptible to food shaming and bullying.

As a pediatric dietitian, Amy evaluates how well a child is growing and how their nutritional status is helping or hurting their growth.  She works with kids with a wide range of eating issues and reminds us that eating is a learned skill.  Each child develops the skill at their own pace. Amy encourages parents to feed their kids with confidence, they know their child run best.

Key Points:

  • All foods have their place. Stay away from fads that eliminate food groups.
  • One thing is constant: fruits and veggies are important.
  • Look for information from credible sources:
  • Eating is a skill.  What may look like a picky eater could be a child who is developing at a different pace.
  • Parents of children with feeding issues often blame themselves and feel blamed by others.
  • Many parents feel guilty because they aren’t sure what to feed their kids.  Lack of confidence make them vulnerable to misinformation.
  • Parents should rely on good quality information rather than fads or marketing, especially during the pandemic.
  • Family events can be very stressful for parent dealing with feeding issues.
    • Don’t buy into “in my day kids ate what was put in front of them” guilt.
    • Bring something along just in case.
    • If you are hosting, ask about what the kids can eat.
    • Have a go-to response, “I appreciate your concern.  We are working with professionals and have a plan.”
    • Remember it is only one meal.  If all the kid can eat is the cake, it doesn’t make you a bad parent.

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