Nutritional Concerns

Picky Eaters

Information provided from Ellyn Satter (

  1. Essential Concepts
    1. Division of Responsiblity
    2. Raise a Healthy Child Who is a Joy to Feed
    3. How Children Learn to Like New Food
    4. Your Child Will Grow Up To Get the Right Body
    5. How Children Become Competent Eaters
    6. Your Child Will Grow Up To Get the Right Body
  2. Problem Areas
    1. The Child Who Doesn't Eat Fruits and Vegetables
    2. The Picky Eater
    3. The Child Who Eats Too Little
    4. The Child Who Eats Too Much
    5. The Underweight Child
    6. The Overweight Child
    7. Avoid Pressure
    8. Avoid Restriction

Pediatric Feeding Disorders

  1. Pediatric feeding disorders go way beyond "picky eaters", but can often be overlooked. Your child may be described as a "picky eater", but consider talking to your medical provider if the following circumstances are present:
    1. Extreme pickiness (eating fewer than 12 foods)
    2. Distress and anxiety with new foods
    3. Inability to increase textures as your infant or child grows
    4. Inability or refusal to feed oneself
    5. Mealtime tantrums
    6. Mealtimes exceeding 40 minutes
    7. Feeding tube dependence
  2. The Pediatric Feeding Disorder Program at the Marcus Center is a world-renowned clinic for children with diagnosed feeding disorders. For more information, discuss with your clinician.


  1. The Children's Hospital of Atlanta launched Strong4Life to help families achieve sustainable lifestyle change by breaking down the complex issue of childhood obesity into simple steps.
  2. We Can! - Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition is a national movement designed to help children 8 to 13 years old stay at a healthy weight.
  3. Personal Fitness
    1. Most of links below are thanks to the website
    2. 30 Days of Change - 30 Days of Change program is designed to change your exercise habits as well as the way you look and feel - in a month.
    3. The Foundation - The Foundation is a low impact based program designed for high burn and muscle tone, suitable for anyone who is new to bodyweight training and wants to ease into it.
    4. Jump Rope 30 Day Challenge
    5. 30 Day Cardio and Abs Challenge
    6. Want to run a 5K and you can't imagine getting there? No worries!
      1. Jeff Galloway's Easy 5K - Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned runner, Easy 5K has the perfect program for you. Your pace and Run-Walk-Run ratio of each workout is customized to your ability.
      2. 8 Weeks to a 5K (from

Eating Disorders

  1. Online Eating Disorders Screen. This website provides people with the option to take a free, anonymous self-assessment to gauge their risk of an eating disorder.
  2. National Eating Disorders Association Parent Toolkit
  3. The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA): Helpline or Click-to-Chat