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Funambulism and the Childhood Die:
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Wobbling along the high wire between healthy
food choices and a healthy body image.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

I find many children are hung up on
the fact that it's simply"unfair"they are
expected to eat baby
carrots while their
best friend is enjoy-

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ing a sleeve of Oreo cookies. Knowledge is
power in this journey.
When counseling families on how to
create healthier lifestyles, I see kids'faces
light up when it's explained to them the
reason they always feel hungry and tired
are because of their food choices. They
are almost relieved to learn that by eating
differently they will both look different and
feel different.
Here's the million-dollar question: When
is being "too" strict crossing the line regard-
ing eating healthy?
While your intentions may be good, it
ultimately lies within the child to make a
good choice. We cannot — nor should we
— shame our children into eating healthy,
but we can love, empower and motivate
them to do so.
As adults, most of us can agree that we
are less than perfect when it comes to our
own diets. We learn how to adjust our exer-
cise and daily intake to maintain a healthy
weight. However, these skills are not a part
of an average third grader's repertoire.
Thus, the age-old adage about all things
in moderation certainly applies to food in
their case.
Serving as a role model for your child in
all aspects of eating will help to communi-
cate this concept. Include sweets occasion-
ally as part of your balanced diet. Exercise
with your children each day. Create a menu
wheel on the fridge and allow them to help
choose what's for dinner.
Albeit time consuming, bring your kids
to the market and let them pick the fruits
and vegetables. Make meal and snack time
fun by using kabobs, cupcake holders,
cookie cutters and blenders to create nutri-
ent dense, colorful and fun-to-eat options.
This one is important: Avoid reward-
ing your children with food. Our society
perpetuates the emotional connection
we develop with food by matching every
happy occasion with a sugary treat.
Start new traditions of activity rewards
like rollerskating, bowling or bike riding.
The reality of this multi-dimensional and
complex issue is that most poor food
choices we make have more to do with our
own self-esteem than anything else.
Raise your children up in every way so
that they strive to honor the person that
they are — and the body that they own —
through balanced nutrition and plenty of
physical activity.

JULIE FELDMAN MPH, RD is a registered

dietitian in Oakland County. For more information

on this and other subjects, or to contact

Ms. Feldman, visit redthreadmagazine.com .

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s parents, we walk a tightrope every
day striving to raise happy, healthy
Lwell-adjusted children. We teach them
to be friendly, but not to talk to strangers.
We encourage them to make friends, but
not to fit in at any cost, and we cheer their
interests — as long as they fit into the
budget and carpool schedule.
When it comes to feeding our children,
similar issues present themselves that
make proper nutrition somewhat of a
conundrum. We want them to be healthy
and maintain a normal weight, but not to
develop an eating disorder.
In my practice, I constantly hear the
same vocabulary used to describe kids'
palates:"He's so picky.""She's a sugar ad-
dict.""He won't eat that." At some point, this
narrative begins to define our kids. When
they hear over and over again that"they're
a sugar-bug,"they begin to believe it.
In order to nurture our children and
rewrite their internal narrative, a tightrope
must be carefully walked to ensure two
main outcomes: One, that our children
have access to healthy options consistently;
and two, they see their bodies as unique
and beautiful.
Elementary school students can't grocery
shop or cook without help. It's our job
as parents to create a safe (i.e. healthy)
environment for our kids at home and at
restaurants. By providing healthy op-
tions and allowing our children to choose
between two or three healthy things, we
maintain a necessary level of autonomy for
our young adults.
Body image is a crucible that shouldn't
be shirked; we come in many shapes and
sizes. The bombardment of images our
children face — highlighting a particular
aesthetic ideal — makes our jobs both
harder and mission-critical.

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