Ask Ginny: My son is overeating and sneaking food

Ask Ginny: My son is overeating and sneaking food

Dear Ginny, My son has a problem with overeating. Once he starts eating, he can’t stop, and sometimes he eats so much that he actually throws up. I recently found out that he has been hiding food from me and sneak-eating behind my back. He’s always been on the larger side, and now he’s gaining A LOT of weight. He’s …

5 Ways a Dietitian Can Help Parents Feed Their Kids

Adapted from an interview with Gina R. Mateer, RD Most of the time when a parent reaches out to a dietitian for help feeding their kids, it sounds simple. They say “I just want my kids to be healthy.” But feeding our kids has become surprisingly complicated since we live in a culture that is obsessed with being thin, restricting …

What to do when a child overeats

It’s very common for parents to worry that their child overeats. The most important thing parents need to know is that there is really no such thing as “overeating.” Except in very rare medical conditions, children eat for good reasons. Most often, children eat to meet a need. When you worry your child overeats, ask yourself these three questions: Is …

How parents can build healthy food habits & body image in kids

Parents in our culture all worry about one thing consistently: their kids’ food and body. As surprising as it may seem, this worry, which is dramatically increasing every year, is largely unnecessary and often results in poor health – the exact opposite of what we actually want!

For goodness sake, just eat the damn candy, and let your kids do the same!

Candy is everywhere. Every store, every desk, every place we go seems to be offering up tiny bites of forbidden sweetness. If you’re like most people, you studiously forbid yourself from succumbing to the temptation of candy … most of the time. But there are probably days when you just can’t resist, and then you binge, feel horribly guilty, and …

How to feed your child without fear of “bad” food and weight gain

We live in a dangerous time during which parents believe they are responsible for controlling or maintaining their children’s weight. Parents believe that if they don’t control their children’s food intake, their child will become fat, which is considered by many to be a fate worse than death. According to Ellyn Satter, a well-known expert on feeding, the crisis we …

Ask Ginny: Her dad gives her brother seconds, but not her

Dear Ginny,  My daughter has gained weight with puberty, and her dad is constantly bugging her about it. We divorced over a decade ago, which makes it hard for me to help her since I’m not there for most of the conversations. She has told me that he frequently brings up her body size, and tells her she needs to …

Helping your child become a “normal eater” after an eating disorder

One of the biggest problems with eating disorders is that they rob us of our intuitive and natural relationship with food. Parents who are helping a child recover from an eating disorder can be incredibly helpful as we gradually go from disordered eating to having a normal relationship with food. In this article we identify the steps your child may …

clean eating is dangerous for kids

Clean eating is dangerous for kids

So-called clean eating* is very trendy right now, inspiring people of all ages to pursue a “clean” diet. But if your child says they want to “eat clean,” be very thoughtful in how you approach it. Clean eating can actually be dangerous for kids. Clean eating is a trend The clean eating movement includes avoiding processed foods and eating raw, …