Healthy Eating for Children - Helping Your Child to Eat Well
Feeding your teen. When your child
becomes a teen, he or she has a lot more food choices outside the home. You are still responsible for
providing balanced meals in the home. Family mealtimes become especially
If you are worried about your child?s eating habits, you can call your
family doctor for help. He or she can advise you on actions you can take or
direct you to someone with specific expertise, such as:
Registered dietitians, who teach people
about nutrition or develop diets to promote health. They can also specialize in
counseling to help treat food-related problems, including
Primary care pediatricians, who may have special training and experience in
caring for children who have eating issues.
Therapists or counselors, who can help your family cope with eating disorders and
with power struggles about eating.
Psychiatrists, who can provide counseling and
Pediatric gastroenterologists, who
can rule out or treat conditions of the digestive system, which could cause an
who can rule out or treat hormone conditions that can lead to weight problems.
Call your doctor if:
Your child has a major change in appetite or weight. This could
include eating too much or too little, or gaining or losing weight.
Eating issues have turned your family?s mealtimes into a
You suspect your child may have an
eating disorder, such as