It's interesting that some health professionals think that there is possibly something wrong with the child that leads to obesity. Rather than looking at what is interfering with the child's natural ability to regulate intake according to hunger and appetite, some...read more
What to do when kids finish eating their meal, but others in the family are still eating? Firstly, it's important to note that it can be pretty boring for a young child to stay seated at the table once they have finished eating. Here is what you can do to help your...read more
School and pre-school are back in full swing here and I have noticed a worrying trend on social media and from parents I speak to. Some teachers are taking it upon themselves to police the food that children bring to pre-school or school. There are several problems...read more
Recently, I was interviewed by Penny Johnston for a podcast on ABC Baby Talk. When answering Penny’s questions, I realised that most of the feeding questions that she, and many parents ask, can be approached from the Feeding Dynamics Model. This model is based on...read more
Many children go through stages of eating a wider or narrower variety of foods. However if you are feeling stressed about your child’s eating, dreading mealtimes or sick of preparing the same few meals, keep reading. Structure is the key Children thrive on routine and...read more
Recently, I watched a video of a family meal – Mum, Dad and their five year-old daughter. The meal lasted 58 minutes! How could a four year-old sit at the table for that long, I hear you asking. Well, she did a pretty good job of it. It was her mum who became...read more
You have more influence on what your children eat than you may think. For children under 12, both Mum and Dad are the most important role models for kids when it comes to eating and physical activity. Children would rather eat a meal with you than with anyone else....read more
It’s most likely you do, as around 1 in 20 children have a food allergy. It’s 1 in 10 for babies and less for older children as many babies grow out of their food allergy by the time they go to school. What is an allergy? An allergy occurs when the immune system...read more
What we know about breakfast Parents are continually being told that children learn better at school when they have had breakfast. Even so, by late primary school nearly one quarter of children go to school without having had breakfast and this number increases as...read more
Packing lunch boxes is a task that parents do thousands of times. Some find it easy, others find it difficult to know what to put in there. If your child doesn’t eat the food you provide, it doesn’t mean you got it wrong. There are many reasons that food comes back...read more
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Paediatric Dietitian Sydney
Eve Reed is the director of FamilyFoodWorks and is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with over 30 years experience working with children and parents and other health professionals, with an extensive background in child and adolescent nutrition, early childhood care, childbirth education and breastfeeding and counselling. She specialises in paediatric nutrition with a special interest in feeding behaviours, weight management and assessment of children’s/adolescent’s diets.