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SOCAL_LEE SparkPoints: (43,325)
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5/1/13 1:41 A

For girls I like "Body Talk" by Ann Douglas, since it focuses on making healthy choices and having a positive self image even under the barrage of negative images of women in the media. Also, it talks about the ways your body changes in puberty without detailing menstruation, etc. I gave it to my daughter about 18 months ago (when she was eight, she's a good reader) and I noticed she's picked it up again and is re-reading it this week.

DELIA38961 SparkPoints: (37,314)
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4/30/13 5:58 P

my 8 yr old daughter is obsessed with calories which I think is sad that at 8 yrs old she's concerned that much with her weight but instead of focusing on what they can and cannot eat I try to be an example to them qnd try doing fun activities with them like basketball and tennis

4/28/13 3:55 P

I have three teenagers, all who eat a pretty disastrous diet. One only eats carbs, one only likes meat and the girl one who says she eats healthy but loves junk food. All three are in sports. I am finding that the best education comes from example, and little teachable moments about why something is good tasting and good for you. a lot of the time I am going against what their coaches are telling them.. like to add protein shakes for muscles, when I think you should focus on real food. But as I am getting healthier, they are seeing the choices I make.

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4/25/13 10:09 A

I don't ever recommend teaching kids about 'caloric intake' or how many calories it takes to 'burn' off foods.

Children who are raised to care about 'calories' and raised to 'count' calories are at much higher risk for eating disorders or distorted eating. The last thing you want is for your children to think that they have to count what-ever they eat.

The best way to raise healthy kids is simply to encourage healthy foods and lots of exercise. And please, whatever you do DO NOT create 'forbidden foods' in your household. This is the worst way to create distorted eating in children. The last thing you need is to raise your kids to feel guilty whenever they ate some form of dessert or snack. Instead of creating forbidden foods you need to teach them moderation. Teach them that having a cookie is okay after a healthy dinner, as long as you don't eat 10 of them!

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4/24/13 10:49 P

Also like
Great resources for kids (and adults!)

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4/8/13 7:19 P

KARICALI Posts: 23
4/6/13 10:11 P

Does anyone have a favorite book or resource they use to educate their grade school age kids (mine specifically 4th-6th grade level of understanding) about nutrition? I'm looking for a kid friendly way to teach them about portion size, caloric needs for their own body weight, importance of good choices (i.e. vessel disease with too much fat/cholesterol, diabetes), amount of activity that will actually burn off the calories ingested from that chocolate Easter bunny, etc.!! I don't want to micromanage them, but I find that this kind of information would have served ME well at that age to make better choices early on. Please---any info about books, on-line info etc. would be great. If I can't find anything I'm thinking it would be a good idea to put one together myself. It would be nice not to reinvent the wheel, though! THANKS!!!!

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