Our society is pretty messed up when it comes to food. Spend a few minutes watching TV and you're likely to see commercials for fad diets alongside a variety of commercials that glamorize junk food. Read a magazine and you'll see super thin models alongside warnings about obesity.
It's difficult to find a healthy balance when it comes to food. Teaching kids how to have a healthy relationship with food can seem even more complicated.
After all, most kids receive a food-related reward at least occasionally, which can certainly give the wrong message. Telling kids, "Do well in school and I'll buy you an ice cream," doesn't seem to be instilling values about using food for nutritional purposes.
But, almost everyone is guilty of it from time to time. It's hard work to make sure kids are learning how to be healthy without becoming scared of food.
I recently interviewed Jennifer McDaniel, a registered dietitian nutritionist. She offered her insights into how parents can establish rules to help kids have a healthy relationship with food.