Food Fights: Winning the Nutritional Challenges of Parenthood Armed with Insight, Humor, and a Bottle of Ketchup

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Knowing what to feed children is one thing. Getting them to eat it is quite another! In Food Fights, the authors bring together the science of nutrition with the practical insight of parents who have been in your shoes-offering simple solutions for your daily nutritional challenges. Whether you're feeding an infant, toddler, or young child, Food Fights offers entertaining, reality-based advice on: How to pick your battles (and arm yourself accordingly), Dealing with whining, throwing food, and other challenging habits, TV dinners, fast food, huge portions, and other nutritional minefields, Mealtime milestones-from baby's first cereal to letting go of sippy cups, Eating out, grocery shopping, and travel, The 5-second rule, Drinking and dozing, juice, soda pop, and other classic drinking problems, Influences from family, friends, and child care providers, Sick kids, vitamins, body weight, allergies, constipation, spitting up...and so much more!

About the Author:
Laura A. Jana, MD, FAAP, associate director of the Boys Town Institute for Child Health Improvement

About the Author:
Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, chaired the young physicians sections for both the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Medical Association

Winner of a Mom's Choice Awards -- 2008 Gold Recipient!

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Editorial Reviews

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"Presents a no-fuss approach to helping young children develop the healthy eating habits that will see them through a lifetime. Its delightful tone makes it a joy to read and refer to, over and over again."  —Elizabeth M. Ward, MS, RD, author, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Feeding Your Baby and Toddler 

 "Food Fights makes it clear that raising children who are healthy eaters requires good role models for healthy eating. The tips provided throughout the book make it easy for parents to be those healthy role models." —Connie Diekman, M.Ed, RD, LD, FADA, Nutrition Consultant 

"Drs. Jana and Shu know their stuff! Their clever book and sound advice will help you and your kids eat, drink…. AND be merry!"
—Harvey Karp, MD, FAAP, author, DVD/book, The Happiest Toddler on the Block

"Another fantastic guide from Drs. Jana and Shu! Food Fights helps parents find a realistic middle ground between what their child should be eating and what their child is actually willing to consume." – Lisa Singer Moran, former executive editor, Baby Talk magazine

Food Fights should be mandatory reading for anyone responsible for feeding an infant, toddler, or young child. In their characteristically easy-to-read, humorous fashion, these two pediatrician moms have created the perfect tool to help parents and caregivers instill healthy eating habits, avoid temper tantrums, dodge flying vegetables and, above all else, maintain a healthy attitude toward the nutritional challenges of parenthood!”—Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, editor in chief, The Wonder Years and editorial board advisor, Healthy Children Magazine

“The authors of Food Fights have done a great job! This book will go far in continuing to help parents lay the ground work for excellent nutrition.” 
—Sandra G. Hassink, MD, FAAP, editor of A Parent's Guide to Childhood Obesity, A Road Map to Health, and Director of the Weight-Management Program at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE

“Encouraging, compassionate, and clear for its compelling nutrition messages, this book will be a comprehensive source of information for any parent trying to guide their children to healthy eating habits and lives. I especially like how the up-to-date nutrition information is translated into real life situations.” — Connie Guttersen, RD, PhD, author, The Sonoma Diet

Food Fights gives thorough, practical, fun-to-read advice for parents as they tackle some of parenthood’s most difficult challenges.”—Claire McCarthy, MD, pediatrician, Children’s Hospital of Boston; pediatrics instructor, Harvard Medical School; and contributing editor, Parenting Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581102444
  • Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author


Laura A. Jana, MD, FAAP is a pediatrician, author, and national health communicator. Having co-founded The Dr. Spock Company in 1999, Dr. Jana has been actively involved in national parenting media for over a decade and is the co-author of Heading Home with Your Newborn (AAP) and Food Fights (AAP). She now lives with her husband and 3 children in Omaha, Nebraska where she also owns and operates an educational child care center called Primrose School of Legacy.

Dr. Jana is a member of the AAP's Executive Committee for Early Education and Child Care, part of Dr. Nancy Snyderman's BeWell/LLuminari Expert Network, an early literacy advocate for Reach Out and Read and co-founder of Amazing Me Books, a certified child passenger safety technician, and a consultant to several corporate, academic, and government organizations on a broad range of topics related to the health and well-being of children. She is also on the Advisory Board for American Baby magazine and the Walt Disney Internet Group, has appeared nationally on shows including NPR's The Parent's Journal, the Today show, CNN's Nancy Grace, ABC News, and Fox, and is well recognized as Omaha's parenting expert for her local NBC affiliate.

Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP is a pediatrician, author and mother in Atlanta. As the medical editor for, she serves as an expert on parenting issues and provides oversight and direction for site in conjunction with the Managing Editor and staff.

An enthusiastic and experienced writer and public speaker, Dr. Shu is frequently featured as a medical expert in numerous national and local television and radio shows, Internet articles, parenting magazines, newspapers and medical publications. Dr. Shu is editor-in-chief of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Baby & Child Health and co-author of the award-winning books Heading Home with Your Newborn and Food Fights, both published by the AAP.

Dr. Shu received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Virginia and her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Shu completed her pediatric training and chief residency at the University of California in San Francisco. She has worked in the private practice setting as well as in academics, as a former director of the normal newborn nursery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Shu has been a leader within the medical profession as a past national chairperson of the young physicians sections for both the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     1
Food for Thought     3
War and Peace     9
How to Pick Your Battles     17
Starting Out on Solid Ground     19
Baby Bites: Starting Solid Foods     21
It's Not Easy Being Green     31
Vegetables and the Great French Fry Conspiracy     35
Ketchup for Small Fries     41
Drinking Problems     45
The Epic Bottle     47
Drinking and Dozing Don't Mix     53
Sippy Cup Syndrome     59
Milk Matters     65
Water Works     73
A Revealing Look at Pop Culture     79
Activities of Daily Eating     85
Food, Food Everywhere but Not a Bite They'll Eat     87
Whining and Dining     95
Cutting Corners     99
Food as a Reward     103
Throwing Food     109
5-Second Rule     115
Read All About It!     119
Brushing Up     127
Eating Outside of the House     133
The Friends and Family Feeding Plan     135
Grocery Shopping     139
Child Care Cuisine     143
TV Dinners     151
Eating Out Without Reservations     157
Plane and Simple: In-Flight Food Fights     165
Just for the Health of It     173
Keeping Up With the Curves     175
A Vitamin a Day     183
Feeding Through Sick and Slim     189
Allergies and Intolerances     197
Constipation Consternation     209
The Price of Gas     215
Refluxively Speaking     221
All Choking Aside     229
In Closing     235
Index     239
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    A Mom's Choice Award Recipient!

    Food Fights is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2008

    Food Fights is the perfect baby shower gift!

    Food Fights is practical, funny, down to earth instruction book that all parents should read- preferably when their kids are young, so they will grow up with life-long healthy eating habits. This book reads like your best girlfriend chatting with you about shared challenges with your kids, not like some ivory-towered medical advice from doctors with no kids. What other book addresses the '5 Second Rule'? It's obvious both authors have first hand experience with real life 'food fights'- and this is a fabulous way to share their combined 'mommy' and 'doctor' knowledge. Make this your standard baby shower gift- especially for the second kid in a family, because this gift will last far longer than a cute outfit.

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