Paediatric and Adolescent Nutrition
With three children of her own, Susan understands the daily struggles and joys of rearing a family. Susan works with several paediatricians to ensure that children of all ages are well nourished and have a healthy relationship with food and their bodies. From teaching feeding practices to parents of infants, helping increase variety of picky eaters, ensuring nutritional adequacy of vegetarians and helping children who struggle with dieting and body image, Susan works with parents and children to lay down a solid foundation of healthy, normal eating. As children grow and develop into adults, bodies change as well as nutritional needs. Education and practical advice on how to implement healthy eating patterns is key.
Body image issues
Optimal nutrition for nutrition and growth
Family meal planning
It is exceptionally challenging to motivate children to change eating and activity patterns without making them feel like they’re doing something wrong or that their bodies need changing. Children as young as four are getting messages from peers and media that body shape is important and being fat is bad. Parents give often inadvertently communicate their own fears and beliefs about food as they feed their children. With extensive training with Ellyn Satter, a dietitian and social worker who established the concept of ‘the Feeding Relationship’, as well as working in Adolescent Nutrition at the Hospital for Sick Children, Susan helps parents navigate the world of food and body image from infancy to adulthood.