Diets and children

Marcia Herrin, EdD, MPH, RD, LD Nutritionist, shares advice for parents on why its important to put their kids on some kind of diet and which ones are best for kids
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Diets and children

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I advise parents against putting their child on any kind of diet. And that´s kind of a confusing message because there are a lot of different diets out there in the world that are promoted as being health promoting. The latest one is the gluten free diet. You read the press, it sounds like everyone should be on a gluten free diet. In the nutrition professional world, that´s considered a fad diet. I am not going to dissuade parents from doing that, but when you put your child on a diet like that, that means that they can´t eat what their friends are eating, you are setting them up for an eating disorder. You are also setting them up by giving them the message that some foods are bad and particularly if you link it to weight. If you eat gluten, you are going to get fat. Number one, that´s not true. And number two, any time you make the association with children if you eat this, you are going to get fat is a message that they can turn around and launch an eating disorder. I advise against it.

Marcia Herrin, EdD, MPH, RD, LD Nutritionist, shares advice for parents on why its important to put their kids on some kind of diet and which ones are best for kids

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Marcia Herrin, EdD, MPH, RD, is the founder of Dartmouth College’s nationally renowned nutrition programs. Currently, Dr. Herrin conducts a private practice in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Marcia received her doctorate in nutrition education from Columbia University. At the University of California-Berkeley, she received her master’s degree and completed a dietetic internship. More recently, Marcia has completed two trainings with James Lock and Daniel le Grange in Family-Based Treatment (Maudsley). She also is certified in Childhood, Adolescent, and Adult Weight Management. Besides a fulltime counseling practice, Marcia has written three books and is working on her fourth. The Parent’s Guide to Eating Disorders tells parents everything they need to know about eating disorders. Nutrition Counseling in the Treatment of Eating Disorders tells professionals everything they need to know about working with food in eating disorders. Marcia has been featured in People magazine and on Today and 48 Hours. Marcia credits much of her success with patients with eating disorders and obesity to her own struggles with and recovery from these conditions. Her childhood, as the oldest of six children growing up on a Montana ranch, is another significant influence.

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