Think health, not weight

If you focus on weight instead of health, then you leave yourself open to doing clearly unhealthy things to lose weight. Rather than setting a ‘weightloss’ goal, set achievable, healthy, food and exercise goals. Aim for activities you enjoy doing and healthy foods you like to eat. Read more [...]

Essential for Kids? Don’t be ridiculous.

In 30 seconds the ad not only unnecessarily escalates these normal concerns with a serious voice and death-toll soundtrack, it undermines parents’ confidence in their ability manage their children's intake and behaviours around food. Read more [...]

Does weight matter?

When we stand on the scales, the number that shows up simply reflects our relationship with gravity at thatgiven point in time. It does not tell us how well our body is functioning, how much activity we’ve engaged in, how strong our bones and muscles are. It does not tell us whether we are getting a good amount of necessary vitamins and minerals, what our energy levels are like or the health of our body’s organs. It tells us nothing about our mental and emotional health. So what’s a better alternative? Read more [...]

My child refuses to eat meat

Last week I approached paediatric dietitian, Meg McClintock, about a question I have been asked frequently - ‘How do I get my child to eat meat?’ I too have a child who is not a meat fan, so I was keen to hear her advice.   This is what Meg had to say: My approach can vary quite a deal from one individual to the other, but many of the strategies for managing children with particular dislikes are similar to those for generally fussy eaters. Of course, when it comes to fussiness Read more [...]

Teaching girls to aspire to thinness

Just this week the world of women (and men) were aghast at Dara-Lynn Weiss, a writer for Vogue, who spoke of putting her 7-year-old daughter Bea on a Weight Watchers-style diet: Read more [...]

Big Trouble on The Biggest Loser – Collett Smart on Today Tonight

"After all, how can you truly nourish something you hate?" Read more [...]