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Watching your child's relationship with food.


Yesterdays article in the Irish Times Health, on childhood obesity, is a stark reminder that we are moving into a more sedentary lifestyle where screen time is more prevalent, not only with children, but with adults too. A question to ask is have we adapted our intake of nutrients to match this cultural shift?

We can help our children set up a good relationship with food early on in life.  If you are to consider that a child's natural state of being is to play and explore, and this is how they learn about the world, including about food. Children can explore tastes, sensations, textures and colour, and can learn about enjoying foods. Nurturing playful interaction in the world along with exploring a health relationship with food can promote helpful messages influencing future patterns of attention to what they eat.

Carol Duffy, Psychotherapist.