Calling all those concerned about Fat Kittens…

14 Nov

The Sunday Times Magazine want me to write a longer piece based on these blog posts and I am looking for other parents to talk to about their own experiences: do you have a tubby child, or were you one yourself? Or do you have a child with an eating disorder and would like to share your experiences? Or are you just interested in this and would like to add your twopenniesworth? If so, send me an email to with your telephone number and I’ll get in touch. I totally understand if you’d rather remain anonymous and can change names if necessary.

All the best Eleanor


3 Responses to “Calling all those concerned about Fat Kittens…”

  1. Terese Weinstein Katz November 21, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    I certainly agree that it’s hard to keep kids off sweets consistently….but comparing sweets to fags goes way too far. Yes, sweets can be addictive, and potentially harmful. They’re not the same, though, by any means. I think we can stand somewhere in between equating sweets and fags, on the one hand, and allowing sweets by the bagful, on the other. Occasional sweets, in the context of a healthy diet are not necessarily going to cause long term harm (unlike fags). Parents can engage kids, too, in an ongoing discussion of nutrition and media brainwashing. So, with those trick-or-treat bagfuls? Allow a few pieces, or come up with some other rationing scheme. Discuss the purpose of this with the child, and throw the rest out if need be. Better to create the conditions so that the kids themselves will choose to limit. After all, how many of us still eat exactly as we did in childhood. I’d certainly be in trouble if I still did, that’s for sure! Kids’ future eating is affected by attitude–relaxation, kindness, etc.–not just the precise foods they imbibe.

  2. Terese Weinstein Katz November 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

    PS – we can be gentle educators of those sweet-dispensing principals, too. Calling them murderers is unlikely to help!

  3. Sally Williams December 11, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    I’ve just read your article in this morning’s Sunday Times, and agree with the general ethos wholeheartedly. Being a mother and all it entails has to be one of the most difficult jobs on the planet (albeit one of the most rewarding), necessitating negotiating skills worthy of a G8 summit! My children are all adults now, and I also have a granddaughter, aged 7. My middle daughter was horrendous as a toddler, and pretty much lived on a diet of mashed potato despite the rest of the family eating a full and varied diet. This expanded when she was about four to include tinned macaroni cheese, because she’d had it at a friend’s house! Thankfully, she grew out of it once at school, I guess through peer pressure rather than any thing I did or didn’t do. My granddaughter would quite happily live on a diet of vegetables and fruit, despite both her parents being meat and fish eaters. So whilst I do agreethat a balanced approach to food begins at home, it’s not always quite so cut and dried.

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