In case you missed it, this weeks guest on Real Talk Radio was Dina Rose. Here is a bit more about her upcoming book.
You’ve probably heard the statistics: Approximately 17 percent of children and adolescents aged two to nineteen are obese. On any given day, 30 percent of two and three year olds don’t eat a single vegetable—and when they do, it’s french fries they’re most likely to eat.
Most nutrition experts look at how poorly kids eat and conclude that parents don’t pay enough attention to nutrition. Yet sociologist Dina Rose, Ph.D. asserts that struggling parents are often fluent in the language of nutrition, but inadvertently teach their children bad eating habits nonetheless.
In IT’S NOT ABOUT THE BROCCOLI: Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating (Perigee Books; $16.00; January 7, 2014), Rose focuses on how children learn to eat—not what they eat. She teaches parents how to improve their children’s diets by cultivating three habits that support good eating behaviors: proportion, variety and moderation. When children practice these habits, it’s practically impossible not to have a healthy diet. With an innovative and effective approach drawn from all the latest research and from her popular workshops, Rose gives parents clever, practical ways to teach their children food skills. All children can learn:
∙ How to confidently explore strange, new foods
∙ How to engage in open and honest talk about food without yelling “I don’t like it!”
∙ How to know when they’re hungry and when they’re full
∙ How to branch out from easy-to-like prepackaged kid fare to more mature tastes and textures: savory, tangy, runny, crunchy
∙ What to do when they say they’re starving—but dinner is still an hour away
∙ Tactics for reducing tension around food and mealtime for parents of picky eaters and overeaters
By consciously guiding a positive relationship with food, IT’S NOT ABOUT THE BROCCOLI provides parents with the tools to give their children a lifetime of healthy eating.
Dina Rose has a Ph.D. in sociology from Duke University. She teaches “It’s Not About Nutrition” workshops, consults with individual parents, and maintains an active blog on her website: www.itsnotaboutnutrition.com.