Eat + Run

November 2013


Nothing Good Can Ever Come From Weighing Your Child

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I'm not suggesting your child should never get weighed – certainly I'd encourage annual weigh-ins with your child's pediatrician or family doctor to track your child's growth curves – I just don't want you weighing your child.

There are three main reasons for a parent to want to weigh his or her ...

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diet and nutrition
exercise and fitness
health
parenting
weight loss
obesity
family
family health
mental health
eating disorders
sleep

A Fresh Perspective on 'Picky Eating'

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I don't like the term "picky eater" to describe children. First, it suggests a child is constitutionally incapable of eating a variety of foods – an innate trait no more immutable than having brown eyes or a cleft chin. Second, it implies that a child's (poor) eating habits are inborn, having ...

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diet and nutrition
exercise and fitness
health
parenting
family
family health
food and drink
children's health

What You Eat Every Day – Not on Holidays – Matters To Your Health

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Every year at this time, health journalists' thoughts turn to the holidays. Not how to celebrate them – but how to ruin them, gently.

Well, I guess that's not quite fair. First, it isn't the reporters – it's their editors and the marketing folks. They know that the readers and viewers are expecting,

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diet and nutrition
exercise and fitness
health
holidays
weight loss
obesity
family
family health

Trans Fats: the Latest Misstep in Modern Nutrition

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 Recent FDA action on trans fats, moving toward a ban and signaling the beginning of the end of the trans fat era, is very welcome and, if anything, overdue. Trans fats are not just harmful in their own right but vividly illustrate much of what bedevils modern nutrition, or as Michael Pollan has ...

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diet and nutrition
exercise and fitness
health
FDA
food safety
food and drink
heart disease
cholesterol
sugar
diabetes
cancer

How Budget Cuts are Harming Hungry Americans

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At the end of September, I wrote about proposed cuts that would eliminate $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over the next decade. Those cuts were passed by the U.S. House, and Congress will soon resume wrangling over SNAP benefits as it negotiates the farm bill.

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diet and nutrition
exercise and fitness
health
food and drink
federal budget
poverty
parenting
children's health