Let Them Eat Cake!

Let Them Eat Cake!

by Robert E. Kleinman, Ronald E. Kleinman, Julie Houston

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Pediatrician Klenman and child psychiatrist Jellinek believe that too many well-meaning parents take food and rules far too seriously for a child's own good. While the food choices children make are sometimes dreadful, parents should not act as food police. Instead, all would do well to place food choices in proper perspective: children are not middle-aged people, their nutritional needs are different from adults', food is (usually) not a life-and-death issue for them, and one or two not so nutritious meals will not hurt them. Therefore, suggest the authors, kids shouldn't worry about cholesterol or feel guilty because they enjoy a candy bar. Although some parents may believe otherwise, these doctors declare studies have shown that banning sweets is counterproductive. Children, they say, should be offered choices and encouraged to try new foods. This is a sensible, well-written and unhysterical approach to what some may consider a parental nightmare: children who have minds of their own when it comes to food. In addition to questions most often asked by parents, the authors also provide in-depth discussion of food safety, food allergies and eating disorders. (Oct.)
Kathryn Carpenter
Pediatric nutritionist Kleinman and his collaborators counsel parents to avoid becoming overly concerned about children's eating behaviors and diet. Throughout the text, they present their beliefs as a series of highlighted guiding principles reminding parents that growth indicates a child is getting the food he or she needs, food habits are not fixed in childhood, erratic eating patterns are normal in childhood, foods do not have scientifically verified impacts on children's behavior, and no foods are inherently bad. They consider such controversial matters as the safety of pesticides, children's needs for vitamin supplements and fiber, and the impact of television on obesity; concisely provide information about growth, nutrition, and fitness; and address such food-related issues as mealtime battles, junk-food consumption, food tensions during developmental stages, obesity, eating disorders, and food allergies. Their warm, no-nonsense presentation, based firmly on the scientific literature, even includes a chapter advising parents on interpreting media statements about food, diet, and nutrition.

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Random House Publishing Group
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1st ed
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