Love Food Podcast Episode 5: Help my daughter who is fat like me

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Do you parent a fat child? This letter comes from a large woman raising a child who is now teased for her size. Should she put her child on a diet? Take her to the gym?

Ep 5 Notes
My chicken scratch guides the show.

Key Points:

  • 12 in 100,000 children have Type 2 Diabetes* yet 2900 in 100,000 children experience an eating disorder**. Statistically, worry more about eating disorders than increased adiposity.
  • Teach kids how to have a healthy body image and a healthy relationship with food.
  • Is fat a bad word? Let’s neutralize it. Just may be the key to positive body image and respecting others.
  • The Division of Food Responsibility by Ellyn Satter
  • What to do about junk foods? Stop calling them junk and refer to them as fun foods because they are fun! Offer them a few times a week at a snack or as part of a meal.
  • Do you make your child go to the gym? No pain no gain = more body hate. Encourage movement that feels pleasurable. As a parent, our job is to help children to connect to the movement their body prefers.

Show Notes:

Food Peace Syllabus Additions:

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