How to Create A Healthy Relationship with Food
One of the burning questions I am hearing routinely from parents is this: How can I help my child develop a healthy relationship with food?
Certainly, good eating habits, as well as general food habits, are some key signs of a healthy relationship, but there’s more to the story. What about body image? What about the influence of media and well-intentioned healthcare providers?
I dig into all these questions and more in this episode of The Nourished Child with Julie Duffy Dillon. She is the creator of the Love, Food podcast, a registered dietitian, licensed therapist, and mom.Learn how YOU can help your child develop a healthy relationship with food. Click To Tweet
What You Will Learn About a Healthy Relationship with Food:
- How the media misinforms the public about what it means to be healthy
- Why dieting doesn’t work for the long run (and in fact, it makes things worse)
- Why messages and beliefs about “thinness equals health” are harmful, even toxic, to children
- Health can be had at any size
- Why weight stigma hurts everyone (even thin children)
- What a healthy relationship with food really looks like
- How parents can help their child develop a healthy relationship with food
- How the underpinnings of an eating disorder in children grow and take hold
- 3 components to the development of an eating disorder
- Tips to help children feel good about themselves and their bodies
What is Covered in the Episode:
- The humanizing aspect of raising children (even for professionals!)
- Why parents need to trust themselves so that their children will learn to trust themselves too
- Why media coverage of bodies is a social justice issue
- “Fat” as a descriptor of the body (not as a pejorative, shaming term)
- How beliefs about body weight and health may lead to poor body image and dieting
- Why eating disorders are more of a concern for children than Type 2 diabetes
- Why healthy eating needs to be pleasurable
- How to talk with children without commenting on their body features
- What individuals with eating disorders wish was handled differently in their youth
Links Mentioned in this Show:
Julie’s podcast: Love, Food
Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility
Eating Disorders mini-series (3-part series for parents)
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Written by: Jill Castle, MS, RDN
Published on: November 10, 2016
Updated on: September 20, 2019