Playing With Their Food — A Bad Idea

Plying with food

I wrote the following letter to Raymond Sokolov, a Wall Street Journal Editor who wrote an excellent critique of “The Sneaky Chef and “Deceptively Delicious” in his Eating Out column, titled “Playing With Their Food,” in the January 26 issue of the Wall Street Journal:

Dear Mr. Sokolov,
Thank you for your well-thought-out article on the two latest “culinary” blockbusters. As a registered dietitian and mother of two healthy 18-year-old boys, I always encourage parents to teach kids to eat healthfully by using a calm, matter-of-fact demeanor and by serving exactly the same foods that Mom and Dad are eating. And my kids eat just about everything, even though one of my sons had all the makings of a picky eater. We just didn’t react to it. Experts warn that hiding vegetables can undermine the parent-child feeding relationship if the child finds out what the parent has been up to. They also warn parents not to demonize foods by hiding them, forcing them, coercing kids to eat them, or reacting negatively to them. I am absolutely stunned that the two books became the hits that they are and that the media is feeding and feeding into the frenzy. Your article was most welcome.

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