How to Raise an Intuitive Eater is a compelling book that will teach you to identify and heal the wounds of a toxic diet culture. Brooks and Severson provide readers with accessible, well-informed and evidence-based recommendations to protect and support your kids in developing food and body confidence, deftly presenting what family nutrition books aspire to - strategies parents can use to positively influence their child's today and tomorrow, with simple, actionable steps to help their kids with one of the most important experiences they have every single day - the experience of eating.
If you only ever read one parenting book, let it be How to Raise an Intuitive Eater. That's how vitally important, wise, medically-sound and cutting-edge this brilliant book is. A must-read for all parents and any clinician who works with children, eating disorders, or both, this comprehensive classic embodies preventive care by realigning parental good intentions with truly sound skills and philosophies. Children raised with this guide will truly be fortunate. I will be recommending it to everyone I know.
This is the book I've been looking for forever, both as a health journalist and as a mum trying to raise kids who don't fear and resent their appetites or their bodies the way too many of us were taught to do. Brooks and Severson ask us to go deep and wrestle with our own internalized fatphobia and food fears, to work through the body baggage that most of us show up to parenthood still figuring out. But they also answer all of our practical questions, like what to do about juice, or how to respond when our kids want a snack 20 minutes after breakfast. How To Raise an Intuitive Eater is warm, wise, impeccably researched, and thought-provoking. I will be returning to it often; this book is a must-read for every parent.
I'm so glad this book exists! Sumner Brooks and Amee Severson demystify the process of intuitive eating for kids, explaining how to navigate that essential balance between structure with food and unconditional permission to eat--all from a foundation of inclusivity and body respect. Not only do I plan on recommending How to Raise an Intuitive Eater to many of my clients, but soon I'll also be using it myself as a new-parent-to-be.