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Another Approach to Raising Healthy Eaters

Jane Brody of the New York Times discusses being a very picky eater during her childhood. She writes that now “I better understand that one source of my resistance was control. I was as determined to be in charge of what went into my mouth as my parents thought they should be.”

Food can be a very important and powerful weapon for children. Brody discusses the book by Dina Rose, “It’s Not About the Broccoli” which shines the light on this enduring battle of wills between parents and children and tries to guide parents to teach their children to become healthy eaters.

“Her book has a telling subtitle — “Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating.” She has used her training as a sociologist and parent educator to develop a systematic approach to introducing children, even the pickiest among them, to foods that are good for them. At the same time, the tactics she suggests allow children to respond to their internal signals of hunger and fullness, rather than trying to “earn” dessert or please parents by taking a few more bites or cleaning their plates after they say they are full.”

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