I haven't seen "Fed Up" yet, but I'm familiar enough with the childhood obesity epidemic and the insidious marketing ploys of Big Food to know that the solution—getting kids to adopt healthier eating habits—is easier said than done. Not only that, I'm the step-mom of a picky 9-year-old who occasionally refuses to eat her (healthy) dinner, knowing full well that her father and I won't serve dessert to anyone who does not eat at least some of their protein and all of their vegetables. (We make exceptions for adult dinner guests.)
In this article I wrote for Portland Monthly Download Let'sEat_Kids'Health, I dish out advice on how to get your kids to adopt healthy eating habits. These aren't overnight solutions, and they're not always easy to follow. (You try finding a cereal that doesn't have sugar as one of the top 3 ingredients!) But if you add a few of these tricks to your repertoire, I guarantee you'll see some changes. It can be as simple as getting your kids to help out in the kitchen—or sending them on a scavenger hunt for ingredients at the grocery store. I also cover tasty soda alternatives, Portland-area kids' cooking classes, and the difference between IgE-mediated and non-IgE-mediated food allergies.
The latest Celebrate Oregon Agriculture segment
Thanks to Michelle Markesteyn Ratcliffe, PhD, (see her in above KATU segment), Dina Rose, PhD, and a trio of pediatricians and obesity experts at Oregon Health & Science University for all the great tips!