A manifesto for parents using the principles of Intuitive Eating to help them reject diet culture and raise the next generation to have a healthy relationship with food and their bodies.
Kids are born intuitive eaters in a society where diet culture is surrounding us all. 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 various solutions for feeding kids don't include the importance of one thing: a healthy relationship with food.
The absence of this can lead to disastrous consequences. Weight cycling, low self-esteem and eating disorders are just a few of the negative health effects that children can experience from the fear-based approach of food that has become the norm for all of us.
How to Raise an Intuitive Eater is a compassionate and relatable parenting book that teaches parents everything they need to know to improve health, happiness and wellbeing for their kids. Sumner Brooks and Amee Severson understand that parents want their kids to feel safe in a world where they can grow up as healthy eaters who live their best lives in the bodies they were born to have.
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.
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.
How to Raise an Intuitive Eater is a compelling book that will teach you to identify and heal the wounds of a toxic diet culture. Brooks and Severson provide readers with accessible, well-informed and evidence-based recommendations to protect and support your kids in developing food and body confidence, deftly presenting what family nutrition books aspire to - strategies parents can use to positively influence their child's today and tomorrow, with simple, actionable steps to help their kids with one of the most important experiences they have every single day - the experience of eating.