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Promoting Healthy Eating Habits Right from the Start

The relationship that parent and child (or caregiver and child) establish around food is called the feeding relationship (Satter 1992). The feeding relationship dynamic is about much more than providing nutrients to a child.

by Rebecca Parlakian and Claire Lerner

Carlyle’s teachers are concerned. At 35 months, Carlyle is an extremely heavy toddler. He has some difficulty keeping up physically with his peers, though he is well liked and has several good friends in the group. Carlyle’s parents regularly pack him lunches that include candy, cookies, and chips.

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