Food and Family: How to Raise Kids Who Have a Healthy Relationship With Food

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From a population health perspective, understanding kids' eating behavior is more important than ever. Today, nearly one in five school-age children in the US is affected by obesity, and childhood obesity disproportionately affects children living in low-income households. But it's not just about preventing obesity, it's about helping kids establish lifelong healthy relationships with food and with their bodies.

In this episode of Population Healthy, nutrition and health behavior experts from the University of Michigan School of Public Health explore the ways we can help children and teens establish good habits and build the foundation for healthier lives. Listen to "Population Healthy" on Spreaker.

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In This Episode

Katherine BauerKatherine Bauer

Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Kate Bauer is an epidemiologist whose research focuses on identifying social and behavioral determinants of obesity among children and adolescents, and the translation of this research into feasible and effective community-based interventions. Much of her work focuses on the role of families in children's and adolescents' obesity risk. Learn more.


Alison Miller

Alison Miller

Associate Professor of Health Behavior & Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Alison Miller is a developmental psychologist who studies risk and resilience in children and families. She studies basic developmental processes, including self-regulation of emotions, sleep, eating behavior, and neuroendocrine stress responses in young children. Learn more.


Kendrin SonnevilleKendrin Sonneville

Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Kendrin Sonneville is a registered dietitian, behavioral scientist, and public health researcher whose research focuses on the prevention of eating disorders among children, adolescents, and young adults. Learn more.


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