How to Manage Your Child’s Picky Eating

Our children being ‘picky eaters’ can be one of the most frustrating parts of the parenting experience. I have personal experience of this and guest author, Caroline Kastner, offers some helpful tips to manage this behaviour.

How to Pack a School Lunch Box that Kids Will Eat & How to Deal with a Child’s Refusal to Eat

Millions of children right across the world attend school each day. However, did you know that a large percentage of children don’t actually eat their lunch while they’re at school? It’s true! When a child doesn’t eat their lunch it can be extremely frustrating for the parent. You may have tried a lot of different things in order to get your children to eat their lunch, but it still doesn’t work. If you’re in this predicament, then here are some top tips that you can use to pack a school lunch that children will eat and how to deal with a child’s refusal to eat if nothing else works. [Read more…]

Increasing Our Awareness of Eating Disorders in Males

Despite often being portrayed in the media as a ‘female issue’, eating disorders affect many males in the UK, usually from the ages of 14-25. According to The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence, approximately 1.6 million people in the UK have either anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder or EDNOS (Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified) – of this total, 11% are male. Our guest author, Helen Wier, gives us some further insight into the reality.

The Reality

One study carried out by researchers at University College London has found that eating disorders are rising twice as quickly in males as it is in females. Between the years 2000 and 2009, the number of diagnosed cases of anorexia and bulimia nervosa in males rose by 24%.

The highest rates of newly diagnosed cases in the UK involve females aged 15 to 19 and males aged 10 to 14. [Read more…]