Children are born intuitive eaters in a society where diet culture dominates. Parents are concerned about how to best feed their children, and nearly everyone is offering solutions on how to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic. But these solutions miss the most important thing: a healthy relationship with food.
The absence of this healthy relationship can lead to disastrous consequences: weight cycling, low self-esteem and eating disorders can result from this fear-based approach to food that has become the norm for us all.
How to Raise an Intuitive Eater is a compassionate guide for parents to help improve the health, happiness and wellbeing of their children. Based on their experiences working with parents and children, Sumner Brooks and Amee Severson understand that parents want their kids to live their best lives in the bodies they were born to have.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 232 x 150 x 30 mm
If you only ever read one parenting book, let it be How to Raise an Intuitive Eater. That's how vitally important, wise, medically-sound and cutting-edge this brilliant book is. A must-read for all parents and any clinician who works with children, eating disorders, or both, this comprehensive classic embodies preventive care by realigning parental good intentions with truly sound skills and philosophies. Children raised with this guide will truly be fortunate. I will be recommending it to everyone I know. -- Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS-S, FAED, Founder & Medical Director, Gaudiani Clinic and Author of Sick Enough: A Guide to the Medical Complications of Eating Disorders
This is the book I've been looking for forever, both as a health journalist and as a mum trying to raise kids who don't fear and resent their appetites or their bodies the way too many of us were taught to do. Brooks and Severson ask us to go deep and wrestle with our own internalized fatphobia and food fears, to work through the body baggage that most of us show up to parenthood still figuring out. But they also answer all of our practical questions, like what to do about juice, or how to respond when our kids want a snack 20 minutes after breakfast. How To Raise an Intuitive Eater is warm, wise, impeccably researched, and thought-provoking. I will be returning to it often; this book is a must-read for every parent. -- Virginia Sole-Smith, author of The Eating Instinct: Food Culture, Body Image and Guilt in America
I'm so glad this book exists! Sumner Brooks and Amee Severson demystify the process of intuitive eating for kids, explaining how to navigate that essential balance between structure with food and unconditional permission to eat--all from a foundation of inclusivity and body respect. Not only do I plan on recommending How to Raise an Intuitive Eater to many of my clients, but soon I'll also be using it myself as a new-parent-to-be. -- Christy Harrison, MPH, RD, CEDRD, certified intuitive eating counsellor and author of Anti-Diet
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