Podcast Episode 223: How to Have Body Positive Conversations About Healthy Eating

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 223 of The New Family Podcast, where we learn from a leading scientist how to have body positive conversations with our kids about healthy habits.

You’ve heard this before — obesity rates among children and youth have nearly tripled over the past three decades. We know kids today are, on average, more sedentary then we were, and there are a lot of reasons for that.

But what do you do if your child is one among the countless kids who aren’t active enough and who perhaps don’t have a healthy body weight or the best eating habits? How do you address that with them without being body shaming at all? We want to take care of our kids’ health, but we really don’t want them to be insecure about their shape.

I’m joined by Dr. Amy McPherson, a senior scientist at the Bloorview Research Institute and the author of a booklet called Fostering Positive Weight-related Conversations. This episode is jam-packed with concrete advise for navigating these tricky waters, and for laying the foundation for good conversations about healthy eating and body diversity from the start.

Here are some resources related to this episode.

Dr. McPherson’s FREE booklet on positive conversations about healthy eating: Fostering Positive Weight-related Conversations

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

More about Dr. McPherson’s work

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What Amy Wants All Parents to Know About Body Positive Conversations with Kids

“I think it’s talking just about how you love them unconditionally, you love their bodies, that their bodies are strong and can do many great things. Everyone’s body is different and I think those messages can be long-lasting if they’re really reinforced from early in life before we even get to the point where we’d be talking about what we should and shouldn’t eat.”

“And I should say another — trying not to demonize foods, or say ‘we should be eating this’ or ‘we shouldn’t be eating that.’ A combination of those two approaches should lead to good conversations, and hopefully be the foundation of some good habits, not only for physical health but also that emotional side as well.”

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About Brandie Weikle

Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here. View all posts by


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