Oh No, She Didn’t: Fat Shaming Kids on Halloween

My Facebook newsfeed was blowing up yesterday with pictures of my friends’ kids all decked out for Halloween. Little Orphan Annies, dinosaurs, Spidermans, fairies and scary grim reapers… they all looked so excited. Then, I saw something truly terrifying. Even terrifying for Halloween. A story about a North Dakota woman who has said she’ll be […]

Disney’s Childhood Obesity Exhibit a Disaster

We’re interrupting our regularly scheduled programming to bring you a special alert. Sorry, I couldn’t resist as Dr.Deah’s blog The Not So Wonderful World of Disney reminded me so much of my childhood watching Disney’s show on television, enthralled by stories and images that made a child’s heart sing. They’re not doing too well these […]

We Stand Against Weight Bullying

We’ve been meaning to share this picture for a while now. Green Mountain at Fox Run supports the “I Stand Against Weight Bullying” campaign, a response started by Marilyn Wann of Fat!So? to Georgia’s misguided and harmful Strong4Life campaign against childhood obesity. Take a look at the powerful messages others stand for in stopping weight […]

It Happened This Week – Title X Funding, Aretha Franklin, and Simple Changes for Weight Loss

Many critics this week were decrying the effect proposed legislation might have on women’s health care. Several bills have been proposed recently that would decrease funding or even eradicate the Title X Family Planning program, which Nixon signed into law in 1970 to fund health clinics. One bill would stop all funding to any clinic […]

It Happened This Week: Helping without Harming – A Message to Michelle Obama

We began and end the week with wise words from Ellyn Satter.  Today, we focus on her message to Michelle Obama to stop talking about childhood obesity.  Ellyn encourages instead a focus on helping parents set up a healthy feeding environment that will support their children’s natural abilities to choose what’s right for their health.  […]

Healthy Eating with Kids: Body over Mind?

“I want more ice cream, Auntie,” screams my niece, a full cone towering in her hand. “You’ve already got a cone.” “But I want more.” I know what she means. I’ve certainly had those days when it feels like there isn’t enough ice cream in the world to satisfy me. But I’ve also seen the […]

It Happened This Week: Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Buffet, the Zen of Laundry & the Heirarchy of Food Needs

How’s this for a fab dessert for your July 4th fest?  Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Buffet celebrating those wonderful fruits that are at their best this time of year.  From fellow dietitians Janice & Liz whose website MealMakeoverMoms.com is dedicated to helping busy families eat better. “The Price of Beauty,” Jessica Simpson’s reality show about body image, […]

Camp, Candy & College

It was a big oops this morning as we realized that we’d messed up who was posting today.  So I started browsing through old posts to see if there were any worth reviving.  And stumbled across something I wrote back in 2005 about summer camp and no candy rules.  Seems relevant to revisit as I […]

It Happened This Week: Fear, Water and Soda

An interesting study in Pediatrics finds that schools with ample water fountains and refillable water bottles had a 30 percent lower obesity rate. Now do you believe that drinking enough water can make a world of difference? The Boston Globe reports on a controversial new measure for Massachusetts public schools to send reports home to […]

Healthy Eating: Changing School Environment Curbs Weight Gain In Children, Study Shows

With kids back to school, many parents are concerned about how schools teach nutrition in the classroom and model it in the lunchroom.  Many schools have taken measures to ensure healthy eating options are available to their students, and have also limited availability of sodas and junkfood in vending machines. In a recent press release, […]

Halloween, Kids & Candy

Happy Halloween!  Today ranks as kids’ favorite holiday.  And no wonder – what a stash most of them bring home from the evening’s revels.  And what a quandary it presents for many parents who worry about their children’s diet.  So I thought I’d revisit the subject of kids and food.  Gina posted a few weeks […]

Getting Over Candy

I dropped my son off at camp this past weekend, and couldn’t help reflecting on how things have changed since I first did that six summers ago. There was an ‘absolutely no candy’ rule then. Never mind that the camp itself served ‘bug juice’ (a form of colored sugar water) and there were plenty of […]