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Eating Disorders in Children

Eating Disorders in Children

Eating Disorders in Children

Eating disorders in children are on the rise. Is this any surprise? With more and more parents switching to unhealthy extreme diets such as vegan, macrobiotic, low fat and raw food, what hope do our children have to develop a normal relationship with real food?

Since people first began to understand the prevalence of these disorders in the 1980s, it was thought that they were on the decline. But today, anorexia and bulimia are on the rise in many groups including those who experienced very little incidence in the past, namely minorities, males and pre-teens.

Children today are pressured by their parents not to exhibit the normal chubby growth pattern their bodies are designed to take on. Mistaking it for obesity, parents put them on restrictive diets which inevitably end up consisting mainly of high sugar, processed, nutrient poor foods — or at least foods from which the nutrients are poorly absorbed as is common in macrobiotic and raw food diets.

It is a shame that eating disorders aside, many of these children will not outlive their parents. Many will be left infertile and with psychological problems.

No matter how you look at it, the only way to tackle the problem of childhood obesity as well as eating disorders in children is to reintroduce wholesome, real foods such as whole raw dairy, meat and eggs into our homes again. A few minutes in the kitchen each day will teach our children to respect food and the beautiful body it creates for them.


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.

Modern Eating Disorders: Eating Disorders in Children

Modern Eating Disorders

Modern Eating Disorders

Growing up in the 80’s, anorexia and bulimia were two eating disorders that were coming to light. Girls of my age (primarily Caucasian) were made aware of the warning signs and were taught to be proud of our bodies. Dieting for girls in their early teens was discouraged. While many girls still succumbed to the desire to be ridiculously thin, the campaign against dieting saved many girls from self-destruction.

For a while, it seemed that anorexia and bulimia were on the decline. Today, however, eating disorders are on the rise once again. But this time it’s worse. The campaign against childhood obesity and constant dieting amongst many adults has parents spreading paranoia to their children. The result? Pre-teens, males and minorities are now the newest groups who have  begun to starve themselves on the quest for the perfect body.

It is a shame that parents are not better educated about the nutritional needs of their children. Infants and small children should be chubby and sturdy respectively. This extra fat ensures adequate bone growth not only in length, but in integrity. This fat also serves as insulation for the body and internal organs. Unfortunately, parents confuse this normal type of fat for obesity.

The worst part is how parents are teaching their children to avoid obesity. Instead of steering them towards nourishing foods of our ancestors such as meat, butter and eggs, they are filling children with non-nutritive foods such as processed fruit juices and low-fat meals or extreme diets such as vegan and macrobiotic. This way of eating robs children of the very nutrients they require to grow healthy and strong with broad faces and free of psychological disorders.

As parents, I believe it is our place to honor our children first by giving them the appropriate tools (food) to thrive and second to accept them for who they are. Teaching our children to fear their bodies and fear food will only make their lives more difficult as they grow up. Embracing the right eating habits prior to conception is the best way to ensure that they develop into happy, healthy adults.


About Adrienne Hew

Adrienne-Hew_BlackWhite.jpg

Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.