Helpful Articles

Helpful Articles is a great resource area for various articles found about Childhood Obesity and ways to help control and understand it.

I hope you find them useful.


The Growing Problem of Child Obesity: What We All Get Wrong ~ Robyn Koslowitz Ph.D. ~ Psychology Today

Kayla marches into my office, clearly upset, stating: 
"So, her doctor tells me that Lana’s inattention and low energy are not ADHD. She has sleep apnea, and he told me she must lose weight right now. He said her triglycerides look like those of a 40-year-old overweight truck driver, her liver numbers are elevated, and she’s at risk for developing diabetes. I mean, she’s only 7! How can he say things .... Read more....


Kids sitting and eating meal at table with parents

5 Ways to Help Kids Develop Healthy Habits ~ Reviewed by Barbara Gordon, RDN, LD ~ EatRight.org

A study by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation showed parents have significant potential to influence their children's behavior. This includes eating habits and physical activity. In fact, parents outrank sports celebrities as the person the child "would like to be most," according to the survey.

So, teach your kids about how to live a healthy life. Help your children learn to make healthier food choices and engage in regular physical activity by being ...
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Promoting a Positive Body Image ~ By SickKids Hospital Staff ~ AboutKidsHealth.ca

Learn more about promoting positive body image in your child and improving their overall health.

What is body image? Body image is how a person feels about and sees their body. People’s body image can be influenced by their own feelings and by the reactions of those around them. When someone has a negative body image, they are not satisfied with their body. This is also known as body dissatisfaction.​

Why body image matters....Read more....


Cooking with Kids of Different Ages ~ The Dieticians of Canada ~ UnlockFood.ca

Cooking food together with kids lets you share food and cooking traditions and important food skills. If your kids get cooking now, chances are they will keep up this good habit as they grow older.

Read on for tips to get your kids cooking and get great recipes to try. Cooking with your:

  • 2-3 year old
  • 3-4 year old
  • 4-6 year old
  • 6-8 year old
  • 8-11 year old

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Picture of family eating together at table with lots of food

How to Make Mealtime Important in Your Family ~ Amy Morin, LCSW ~ verywellfamily.com

Eating together has a lot of benefits for the whole family. For busy families, it’s much easier to grab something on the go or to let everyone fend for themselves when it comes to meals. After all, who has time to cook? And how do you find time to get everyone together?

There’s some compelling evidence that it’s important to make mealtimes a ...Read more...


Little girl drinking from a bottle.

How Parents’ Eating Habits Influence Children - Ligia Lugo ~ Author, from her website: The Daring Kitchen

We live in a world where we are bombarded with choice. This couldn’t be truer when it comes to food and drink, which can present a big challenge for parents wanting to buy healthy food for their children (healthier choices can often be overlooked in favour of products in brightly coloured packaging or featuring images of cartoon characters).

As the main gatekeeper of the food and drink that enters my family’s home, I have always felt that....Read more...


Boy holding up broccoli on fork with a very unhappy face

Children's Nutrition - Picky Eating - UnlockFood.ca, Series of Articles

1st Article - It can be hard to get your kids to eat vegetables and fruit. You are not alone! Many children don’t get the amount of vegetables and fruit recommended by Canada’s Food Guide. Here are a few easy tips to get your children to enjoy their vegetables and fruit and meet their needs.

Five tips to get your child to love their vegetables and ..Read more...


Boy holding up hands with

Cyberbullying Versus Traditional Bullying - When joking crosses the line.  Raychelle Cassada Lohmann Ph.D. ~ Psychology Today

Just how different is traditional bullying from cyberbullying? Studies are beginning to show that the way youth bully online is a lot different from traditional schoolyard bullying. Teens may think what they are posting or texting is just a joke, but if you're on the receiving end it may not be all that funny. In fact, if the "joking" is repetitive, it could.. Read more...