Creating a healthy relationship with food

Cara Natterson, MD Pediatrician & Author, shares advice for parents on how to teach your kids to create a healthy relationship with food in order to eat the right amount and eat the right foods
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Creating a healthy relationship with food

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Kids' relationship with food gets increasingly complicated as they get older, but if you start when they're very young by teaching them that food is about growing healthfully and having energy to get through the day and fueling their brain, then you're teaching them everything they need to know for the rest of their life. By the time girls and boys get a little bit older, they start to equate their own idea of their body image and what they see in the world around them and weight. It's very hard when these things come together because the one place that kids feel that they have some control is in the food that they eat. Some kids eat too much. Some kids then eat too little. My advice is to keep it about health and nutrition and growing and throw away the scale in your home. If your child needs some advice about nutrition and changing their weight, go see your doctor and talk about what changes you can make as a family.

Cara Natterson, MD Pediatrician & Author, shares advice for parents on how to teach your kids to create a healthy relationship with food in order to eat the right amount and eat the right foods

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Cara Natterson, MD

Pediatrician & Author

Cara Natterson, MD has treated thousands of children and guided their parents as well. She was a partner at Tenth Street Pediatrics in Santa Monica, California, a large group practice serving infants, children and teenagers. She now runs Worry Proof Consulting, the first of its kind pediatric practice that offers parents open-ended time to review everything from medical questions and biology basics to child development and parenting issues. Cara is also the author of several books on parenting and child health. She has a unique ability to translate cutting edge research into understandable terms for parents and their kids. More recently, Cara’s consulting has extended beyond individual families to include fortune 500 companies seeking expert advice on safety issues, child health, and crisis management.

Cara has appeared on television, in print, and on the web. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and she trained in pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco. Cara is a Board certified pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. And anyone who knows her knows that Cara is, by nature, one of the most risk-averse people on earth. She lives in California with her husband and two children.

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