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Predicting a child's weight or obesity

Until recently, parents with concerns their child is overweight haven’t had access to any easy answers. A new study by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute is helping experts reliably determine if a child will regain a healthy weight over time.

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Is a plant-based diet safe for children?

With the rise of vegetarian and vegan households, what do parents need to be aware of to ensure their children get the necessary nutrients from a plant-based diet? Parents considering this step are urged to seek advice from a paediatric dietitian.

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The important facts on baby food pouches

Food pouches can seem like an asset for parents of babies who are being introduced to the world of food. With their increasing popularity have come questions and rumours about the value of pouches and their impact on a child’s physical development.

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Dealing with fussiness and food refusal

It’s not unusual for parents to dread mealtimes, worrying that their child will cry and fuss when being offered new foods. But it’s important to recognise the shift in interest around food may be closely aligned with the child’s growing independence.

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Should you reward children with food?

Does making children eat all their dinner to get dessert work, or just leave them with an unhealthy relationship with food? Dietitian Konsita Kuswara provides advice on rewarding or punishing children with food and the impact on their behaviour and preferences.

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Connecting children with food and nature

Educator and author Natalie McKinnon missed out on the joy of kitchen gardens and chicken runs as a child, but through books and workshops is encouraging children to understand the relationship between nature, food, their health and the environment.

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The secrets behind slow cooking for kids

Like so many parents struggling through dinner every night, Paulene Christie was initially drawn to slow cooking by the convenience. Now she has traded her busy life juggling parenting and a job, to lead half a million passionate online followers.

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Fighting obesity – raising healthy kids

You are much more likely to be obese than your parents were at your age, an Australian report has revealed. While that’s hard to hear, here’s another fact - obesity levels among our very young children have almost doubled in the past two decades to 9%.

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