What are the health impacts of ‘fussy’ eating on children? How can parents and caregivers support their children with fussy eating? How can we promote healthy eating in children? What can we do as practitioners to support the embedding of this foundational pillar of health into the lives of patients and their families?
Fussy/picky eating – or consistently avoiding certain foods – is common in childhood and is a struggle for many parents today. In fact, up to 50% of parents identify their pre-schoolers as fussy eaters (1).
Early childhood is a crucial period for the development of lifelong healthy eating behaviours. Given the increasing prevalence of obesity and chronic illnesses amongst all age groups including very young children, understanding the factors that influence eating behaviours during childhood and educating and supporting families on how to promote healthy eating in children is crucial to improve the dietary patterns and health status of this age group.
Join Australia’s leading holistic Dietician, Nutritionist and Functional Medicine Practitioner Marieke Rodenstein in discovering the role of nutrition in the pathogenesis, prevention, and management of fussy eating.
Topics covered include:
- Understanding fussy eating
- Reasons why children won’t eat
- How children learn and explore new foods
- Strategies to support fussy eater’s
- Tips to reduce stress and anxiety around mealtime
- How to encourage children to eat a variety of food
- Optimum nutrition for children
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(1) Walton, Kathryn & Kuczynski, Leon & Haycraft, Emma & Breen, Andrea & Rd, Jess. (2017). Time to re-think picky eating?: A relational approach to understanding picky eating. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 14. 10.1186/s12966-017-0520-0
Marieke is a Holistic Dietitian, Nutritionist and Functional Medicine Practitioner with over 15 years of experience in her field. She has worked as a Dietitian in the Netherlands, India and Sydney and has run her private practice in Melbourne for the past 10 years. Marieke has a Bachelor’s degree in…View More