When Michael Bloomberg announces a proposed ban on super-sized soft drinks, he’s accused once again of trying to implement a nanny state. Yet can’t anyone see that simply relying on people’s willpower isn’t getting us anywhere?
Sometimes I wonder whether I have an exaggerated sense of how dysfunctional people’s relationship with food has become. Two recent experiences with younger people have confirmed my sinking feeling that we are really letting food gatecrash its way out of its rightful place in our lives.
This week The New York Times published a story that provides a perfect illustration of the dangers of overprotective, “helicopter” parenting. Growing up in the 1970s and ‘80s, I remember how someone in my class always seemed to have a broken limb.
While I take issue both with Dara-Lynn Weiss's actions and her projecting her own body issues onto her young daughter, it's indisputable that her anxiety over having a chubby child is one shared by many, many parents.
Why are parents, however well-educated and well-intentioned, so often frustrated and confused when it comes to feeding their children these days? Let's start with the mixed messages about diet bombarding us daily.
As the mother of two children—only two!—I feel like a million meals stand between now and the time I'm no longer responsible for what they eat. Here are my menus and my thoughts on feeding my kids in a world that's never been more complicated for eaters.